Monday, January 21, 2013

Publicist in a Fishbowl Sues for Defamation

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In a 27-page complaint including counts alleging defamation and false light invasion of privacy, prominent Washington D.C. publicist Wendy Gordon has sued the Mediabistro-owned FishbowlDC Web site, LegalTimes reports.

The District of Columbia Superior Court case, Gordon v. Mediabistro.com, Inc. et al. (Case No. 0000386-13) concerns alleged uncomplimentary images of Gordon that appeared on the Web site along with posts allegedly intimating attention-seeking, promiscuous behavior. Gordon's complaint characterizes her as a private figure who has suffered humiliation because of the postings on FishbowlDC. Fishbowl DC purportedly defamed the plaintiff in a series of posts under the heading of "Wendy Wednesday."

WebMediaBrands, the owner of Mediabistro.com, is also a named defendant. The plaintiff is seeking $1 million compensatory damages and $1 million punitive damages.
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