Simorangkir v. Love

UPDATE (2/26/15)
STATUS: Appeals Court will not throw out defamation case.

Cal.App.:Courtney Love Fails to Get Appeals Court to Dispense Defamation Lawsuit
The Hollywood Reporter


UPDATE (3/3/2011)

STATUS: Settlement reached on Feb 3rd, 2011

Courtney Love to Pay $430,000 to Settle Twitter Defamation Case

The Hollywood Reporter
Rocker Courtney Love has settled the lawsuit brought against her by a fashion designer who claims she was defamed in a series of messages posted on Twitter. The settlement with Dawn Simorangkir (aka the “Boudior Queen”), which sources say is being finalized today and will be announced next week, will cost Love about $430,000.

UPDATE (1/10/2011)

STATUS: Trial scheduled to commence on Feb 8th, 2011

Courtney Love Twitter Trial Moved to February

The Hollywood Reporter
Lawyers for Love and fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir—who is suing the rocker over a March 2009 tirade of Tweets in which Love called the self-proclaimed "Boudoir Queen" a prostitute and a thief—were in the Los Angeles courtroom of Hon. Debre Weintraub this morning for the final status conference in the case. The trial date, which was to have been on Jan 18, has been pushed to Feb 8 for scheduling purposes. The trial is expected to last at least a week.

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OMG! Twitter Trial Looks GTG*

Blog Law Online (Eric P. Robinson)
. . . If there is no pre-trial settlement, this would apparently be the first defamation trial in U.S. based on comments posted on Twitter. While this would be the first defamation case involving what could arguably be considered a new medium, the standard requirements in a libel case will apply: that is, Simorangkir will have to show that Love's Tweeted comments would have been reasonably understood to disparage Simorangkir, and that Simorangkir actually suffered damages as a result.

Simorangkir v. Love, No. BC410593 (Cal. Super. filed March 26, 2009).

Status: Pending

Clothing designer Dawn Simorangkir sued singer Courtney Love for postings on Love’s blog ( and Twitter account disparaging Simorangkir, from whom she expressed an interest in buying clothing, after they had a falling out.

Love responded in August 2009 with a motion to dismiss under California's anti-SLAPP law, which was denied in October.

Links and Case Documents:
Designer sues Courtney Love over web rants (Malaysian Insider, March 28, 2009)

Courtney Love's Crazy MySpace Posts Earn Her a Lawsuit (Cleveland Leader, March 29, 2009)

Love Loses Bid to Throw Out Defamation Case (Contact Music, Oct. 27, 2009)
Judge Allows Twitter-Libel Suit Against Rocker Love (On Point News, Oct. 27. 2009)
Special motion to dismiss (anti-SLAPP motion)

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