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Friday, September 23, 2011

Bloggers Beware: Chief Sues for Facebook Comments

Hey, remember when our current Governor Tom Corbett went after some fellow bloggers for online comments he didn't like?

Well, now the natural gas industry is suing three Dallas, Pennsylvania families for $20 million for -  among other things - comments on the GDAC's facebook page that "damage their reputation in the community."

My initial thought was: "What reputation?"

Read more about this here and here. And in case you just scanned the article quickly, a Wilkes-Barre attorney - Jeffrey Malak - is among those representing Chief.  Et tu, Counselor?

Folks, read this quote from one of the articles above very carefully:

"In addition to being compensated for all actual losses and injuries sustained, Chief Gathering also is entitled to punitive damages arising out of the Dickson/Watkins Defendants' outrageous and intentional conduct," the suit states. Punitive damages are "also appropriate to deter them and others like them from engaging in such conduct in the future."

There is a very clear message here, folks. The natural gas industry is now taking aim at freedom of speech, and at the social media's growing power in this struggle.

And if you don't see that, then you are as clueless as they are ruthless.

Too harsh? Sue me...

As I said several years ago...this is gonna get ugly. 


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