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You can throw a stick in any direction on the internet and probably hit a comment, statement or remark designed to trigger the kind of animosity that typically builds to legal action—but don’t expect an explosion of defamation lawsuits to be clogging up court dockets anytime soon.

Defamation cases in general can be a difficult course of action for lawyers and their clients to pursue. Just ask Vernon Unsworth, a British cave explorer who recently lost a defamation case he brought against tech guru Elon Musk after being referred to as “pedo guy” on Twitter.

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Frank Ready

Frank Ready is a reporter on the tech desk at ALM Media. He can be reached at [email protected]

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