- Apr 12, 2008
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A Texan couple who were anonymously abused on an internet forum have won $13.8 million in damages for defamation - In what could be a landmark ruling for freedom of speech online.
Mark and Rhonda Lesher were awarded the sum by the District Court of Tarrant County, after being called sexual deviants, molesters and drug pushers on Topix.com boards created to discuss the couple's sexual assault arrest and trial in 2008.
The couple were cleared of all charges against them in January 2009 and subsequently the couple filed their civil lawsuit against the anonymous posters in February 2009.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2134613/Couple-wins-14million-masking-anonymous-internet-trolls-labeled-sexual-deviants.html#ixzz1t0OdKuAW