Wargo v. Lavandeira, Civil No. 08-664752 (Ohio C.P. filed July 14, 2008), removed to federal court, No. 08-2035 (N.D. Ohio removed Aug. 22, 2008).
Status: Dismissed, Civil No. 08-664752, 2008 WL 4533673 (N.D. Ohio)

Diane Wargo sent an e-mail from her workplace to the Perezhilton.com blog in response to an item about Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt spending Christmas with their children. Mario Lavandeira, who runs the blog, posted Wargo’s e-mail as the "Email of the Day," along her full name, e-mail address, and employer. Wargo claims that she then received hundreds of threatening e-mails, and several threatening phone calls, and that she was fired from her job. She then sued for claims including breach of contract, promissory estoppel, fraud, negligence, defamation, invasion of privacy, tortious interference, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, alleging that the posting of her true full name (rather than her screen name alias), e-mail address and employer violated the blog’s “conditions of use,” which promise that only screen names will be posted unless the blog obtains permission. The case was removed from state to federal court in August 2008, then dismissed in early October. In dismissing the case, the court held that the Perezhilton.com site was not directed at the state of Ohio, so courts there did not have jurisdiction in the case.

Links and Court Documents:
Case information: http://www.citmedialaw.org/threats/wargo-v-lavandeira
Complaint: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2008/0715081perez1.html

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