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 June 11, 2010  Court, Online

James Nash reports:

People no longer have safe haven to smear Ohio businesses online from other states, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled yesterday.

In a 4-2 decision, justices said Ohio businesses can reach into other states to sue people who post defamatory comments about them on the Internet.

The decision allows a Knox County business, Kauffman Racing Equipment, to proceed with a defamation lawsuit against a Virginia man, Scott Roberts, who slammed the company on several websites after buying a $2,900 engine block that he deemed defective.

Kauffman’s lawyer, Brett Jaffe, and Roberts’ lawyer, William J. Kepko, agreed the decision will open the door to more cross-state suits over product defamation.

Read more in the Columbus Dispatch.

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