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  • Norsire Farm Lawsuit

    I was reading our local paper yesterday and saw the the owner of Norsire Farm had a fairly large judgement against her for posting untruths about a dog trainer on Facebook. The judgement was something like $22,000! It was just a good reminder to be very careful what you say and what you post. It may come back to bite you big time!

  • #2
    From the article it looks like the judgement was 75,000 dollars. I have to wonder though if he is subsequently convicted of animal abuse is that is proof of her statements. I would assume there would be an appeal?


    • #3

      I also noticed that her website is down
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      • #4
        yep....I told you guys about 1 year ago that the Feds had ruled "smack talk" actionable

        we'll see now how many people learn to hold their tongue. :>

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        • #5
          I'm holding my tongue big time! I want to dish dirt so bad but I am a bigger person than that!! Argh, sometimes I wish I could be irresponsible!!!


          • #6
            I read this as Norcrest farm and my first thought was "she should talk!"
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Tamara in TN View Post
              yep....I told you guys about 1 year ago that the Feds had ruled "smack talk" actionable

              we'll see now how many people learn to hold their tongue. :>

              I believe you are talking about Libel. Not sure smack talk is "actionable".


              • #8
                It is interesting to google *both* parties of the suit.


                • #9
                  The Norsire Farm website is up & running.
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                  • #10
                    Plaintiff sounds like a real piece of work!

                    Originally posted by Bigblackdraft View Post
                    It is interesting to google *both* parties of the suit.
                    It is.. isn't it? Plaintiff- Russell Lee Ebersole has made the news before.


                    Navy found itself having to rescue dogs from a subcontractor that military officials accuse of not only failing to train the animals to detect explosives but of not prooerly caring for them as well....

                    The dogs were said to be found in "deplorable" condition.

                    ...what they found when they arrived was shocking, according to internal Navy e-mails: dirty, weak animals so thin that their ribs and hip bones jutted out.

                    Bomb-dog experts say a Maryland man convicted last year in federal court for fraud is the poster boy for what's wrong. Russell Lee Ebersole was sentenced to the maximum 6 1/2 years in prison for providing the federal government with faux bomb-sniffing dogs.

                    The plaintiff seeks $1 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages.
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                    • #11
                      Yeah!! Let's hear it for Norsire Farms!!!! What a piece of crap that guy is!
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                      • #12
                        The story I read was that someone accused the kennel guy of illegally training dogs to sniff out bombs, but the dogs couldn't do it, so that case was dropped.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Laurierace View Post
                          I read this as Norcrest farm and my first thought was "she should talk!"
                          Me too. But lawyers will weigh in, isn't there some law that the truth is not slander/libel ?


                          • #14
                            I never in a million years thought I would say this, but I'm on Bridget's side for this one. No other comments because I don't want to be sued for saying the truth about what has already been published about someone under investigation for possible animal abuse.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by KBEquine View Post
                              The Norsire Farm website is up & running.
                              oh I was searching for her 2 days ago and couldnt get her site up.
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                              • Original Poster

                                I'm not saying ANYTHING about either party. I just was amazed at the amount of money he won. How many times have COTH members screamed abuse, etc about someone else's horses. I was just saying that we need to be careful what is said on these forums.


                                • #17
                                  Truth is always a defense in a defamation case. Also, IIRC, at least for newpapers anyway, there must be malice or reckless disregard for the truth.

                                  I haven't read the defamatory statements or anything about the trial, but one would definitely think that that an appeal is called for. With possibly a different lawyer. It's very, very hard to win a defamation case.

                                  The internet doesn't change the rules, but it does make potential damages much greater. However, the damages must be proved.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by LockeMeadows View Post
                                    I was reading our local paper yesterday and saw the the owner of Norsire Farm had a fairly large judgement against her for posting untruths about a dog trainer on Facebook. The judgement was something like $22,000! It was just a good reminder to be very careful what you say and what you post. It may come back to bite you big time!
                                    any link to the article?
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by SGray View Post
                                      any link to the article?


                                      • #20
                                        Could someone please tell me who the Plaintiffs lawyer was? Thanks.
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