Wagner v. Miskin, No. ____ (N.D. Dist. Ct. jury verdict 2002), aff’d, 660 N.W.2d 593, 2003 ND 69 (N.D. May 6, 2003), reh’g denied (N.D. June 3, 2003), cert. denied, 540 U.S. 1154 (2004).
Status: $3 million award for plaintiff affirmed

(NOTE: This award predates the award in Banks v. Milum, above, and involves a web site which would now be considered a blog.)

Former University of North Dakota student Glenda Miskin created a website, undnews.com, that criticized the university and its professors. Miskin was suspended from the university in 1990 after an internal disciplinary committee found that she had stalked UND physics professor John L. Wagner. But the site alleged that Wagner had harassed Miskin with sexually provocative phone calls. Wagner sued, and won $2 million for libel, $500,000 for slander, and $500,000 for interference with his business relationships. The North Dakota Supreme Court upheld the award, and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case.

Links and Court Documents:
North Dakota Supreme Court opinion: http://www.court.state.nd.us/court/opinions/20020200.htm

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