Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Attorneys Cost Plaintiff an $11 Million Judgment

by Kristina Derro

A typo recently cost a plaintiff an $11 million judgment. An NFL cheerleader thought she was suing TheDirty.com, after comments on the website suggested that she had an affair with a player and contracted two sexually transmitted diseases. However, a clerical error by her attorneys in the complaint named the offending website as TheDirt.com, a completely different gossip website.

A U.S. District Court judge ordered TheDirt.com (the wrong website) to pay $1 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages for failing to respond to the lawsuit. However, as it appears that the complaint named the wrong defendant, the judgment may be overturned.

Instances like this shed light on the importance of good attorneys—not only ones that know the law and are experienced litigators, but ones who pay great attention to detail.

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