Citizen media site sued for libel

Chris Grotke and Lise LePage, co-founders and owners of, a widely acclaimed citizen journalism site based in Brattleboro, Vermont, were sued on November 16 for libel based on a comment submitted by one of the site’s users, the Citizen Media Law Project reports.

The lawsuit, brought by Effie Mayhew, alleges that David Dunn, the former executive director of Rescue Inc., an emergency medical services organization where Mayhew works as a volunteer, libeled her in a comment on the site.

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  • Yaaawwnnn

    How to remove Internet based defamation and online libel
    I am currently researching the evolution of internet based defamation and online libel and its financial, emotional and commercial impact. I am also studying the world’s legal systems attempts to keep up with the internet explosion as it pertains to freedom of speech.
    I will appreciate if lawyers, free speech enthusiasts and technology people who have valid comments contact me with their thoughts. Also, please send me links to any good reference material that you know of.
    Based on my research, “winners” in court are far and few between. But online slander, libel & defamation is obviously a significant problem. These guys make a living out of getting online libel removed with out-of-court solutions, but they also assist attorneys in investigations: . They do pro bono for victims that can’t get work due to libel.
    Seeking case studies:
    • Please help me if you know of real life examples of the following:
    • Suicides or attempted suicide due to online libel or internet defamation
    • Bankruptcy due to online defamation or internet based libel
    • Divorce due to online libel or internet defamation
    • Termination of employment due to online defamation or web based libel
    • Physical assaults due to online libel or internet defamation
    • Successful litigation against online libel or internet defamation activities
    If there is someone else undertaking a similar study wishing to collaborate, I’d love to hear from you. The internet is a big place, there is much to sift through.
    Thank you very much,
    yaaawnn [at] gmail [d0t] com (that is G M A I L in case it doesn’t appear )
    Keyw0rds only:
    • Internet libel
    • Online libel
    • Web based libel
    • Internet defamation
    • Online defamation
    • Web based defamation
    • Internet slander
    • Online slander
    • Web based slander

  • Tracey Richter


    I have been trying to reach this “yaaawwnn” person. If anyone knows who they really are, feel free to contact me at traceyrichter (at) gmail dot com

    She/He posts on numerous sites as “Yasmin” “YA” and “yaaawwnn” to tout this entity. Is this a real person or just someone posting to get their company name indexed and appear to have instant credibility?

    Two prinicipals of that company denied owning or even knowing anything about that entity. Odd. When I contacted the company with my concerns to ask questions, they took down their site immediately.

    Any information in regard to any REAL clients or experience this enitity has/had is appreciated.

  • Dr. Barbara Levine Bartlett

    Great tips, thank you.

  • Curious

    This post is quite curious, I followed the links referenced by Yaawn and Richter for want of anything better to do. It appears that the latter may actually be the catalyst for the creation of the business referenced, he tone of her porting supports the idea. It would make an interesting book maybe?

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