Zeran v. America Online, Inc.
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
129 F.3d 327 (4th Cir. 1997)
After the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, an unknown America Online (AOL) (defendant) user posted t-shirts containing tasteless slogans regarding the bombings for sale on the Internet. The posting listed Zeran’s (plaintiff) phone number as the way to order the t-shirts. Zeran had nothing to do with the posting, but began to receive harassing phone calls. Zeran sued AOL for defamation. The district court granted AOL summary judgment. Zeran appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Wilkinson, C.J.)
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