John Hoff could be out some serious cash because of his blog.
In 2009, the Minneapolis blogger published a series of erroneously reported posts saying that Jerry Moore — who had just been hired by the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement centre — was involved in a mortgage fraud case.
Moore lost his job and brought a case against Hoff, his Adventures of Johnny Northside blog, and five anonymous commentators.
Last week, a judge awarded Moore $60,000, $35,000 in lost wages and $25,000 in emotional distress.
Fortunately for Hoff, University of Minnesota law professor Jane Kirtley thinks the case will get overturned on appeal because it is a freedom of speech issue.
“It is really an attempt to sort of throw the jellyfish at the wall and see what might stick in the mind of a juror,” she said.