Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Illinois Panel Finds Sandusky Comment Likely Defamatory, Upholds Discovery Order

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Illinois Panel Finds Sandusky Comment Likely Defamatory, Upholds Discovery Order

ELGIN, Ill. - An online statement calling a politician a "Sandusky" constituted an allegation of a criminal act that was not susceptible to an innocent interpretation, an Illinois appeals panel majority found May 8, affirming a trial court's grant of the politician's motion to subpoena a website to obtain identity of the commenter for purpose of pursing a defamation claim (Bill Hadley v. Subscriber Doe a/k/a Fuboy, No. 12-L-24, Ill. App., 2nd Dist.; 2014 Ill. App. LEXIS 303).

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