A blogger sued for her online criticism of a software company cannot invoke New Jersey's press shield law, a judge has found in a case of first impression in the state. The ruling allows the company to seek the sources for comments the blogger posted on a Web site that proclaims itself the "Wall Street Journal of porn." In a second novel ruling, the judge held the company can pursue damages even without a showing of pecuniary loss, based on postings accusing it of incompetence and criminal conduct.
Blogger Sued For Defamation Can't Invoke Shield Law, Says N.J. Judge
New Jersey Law Journal
July 8, 2009