|[January 27, 2014]
Understanding the Verdict in the Courtney Love Landmark 'Twibel' Defamation Case
SAN DIEGO --(Business Wire)--
Overlooked in the widespread media reports about the now landmark
Courtney Love defamation case was the fact that the jury voted
unanimously that rock singer Courtney Love did in fact issue a
false tweet about San Diego attorney Rhonda Holmes, when the rocker
tweeted in 2010 that Holmes had been "bought off," said the law firm of
Gordon & Holmes, San Diego, CA (News - Alert), in a statement issued today.
And, the jury also voted unanimously, 12-0, that Courtney Love intended
the tweet to be viewed as a fact.
But, in a split vote (9-3), the panel judged that Love did not know the
tweet was false, and because of that, no damages were awarded.
"I am disappointed that the media focused almost exclusively on the fact
that no monetary damages were awarded, which the opposing side trumps as
a victory," said Frederic Gordon of Gordon & Holmes, San Diego, and
Rhonda Holmes' law partner. "Bu the media regrettably overlooked the
more important verdicts that my partner had been the subject of Ms.
Love's false tweet for more than three years, and that Ms. Holmes was
completely vindicated in court."
The defamation case - nicknamed "twibel" for twitter and libel - was the
first in California that ruled that what a person says on twitter can be
The jury also voted 11-1 that a person learning of the tweet would
reasonably understand that the tweet would "have a natural tendency to
injure Rhonda Holmes'" reputation and business.
"This case was all about proving that Ms. Love's tweet that Ms. Holmes
had been 'bought off' was false and defamatory," said Gordon. "We set
out to uphold and confirm that Ms. Holmes' stellar reputation was intact
and this jury verdict confirms exactly that - we consider this a major
victory and an important and necessary step in rehabilitating Ms.
About Gordon & Holmes
Headquartered in San Diego, Calif, Gordon & Holmes is one of the
nation's leading law firms specializing in complex business litigation,
including food borne illness, condemnation and civil litigation,
intellectual property, eminent domain and real estate. Firm partners
Fred Gordon and Rhonda Holmes are highly effective attorneys who have
tried more than 60 Jury trials and over 100 non-jury cases. For more
information, call 619-696-0444 or visit www.gordonandholmes.com.
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