A Dallas County jury has handed down a $1 million verdict after they decided a local couple ran a smear campaign against a prominent wedding photographer on social media. Could this decision set precedent for other photographers treated badly online?
We reported back in 2015 how a wedding photographer who was being sued for allegedly holding wedding photos hostage had struck back with a lawsuit of her own against the couple in question for damages associated with defamation of character and reputation for upwards of $1 million. Two years later a Dallas County jury only needed a few hours to favor with photographer Andrea Polito and passed a $1 million verdict after they decided that a local couple had defamed Polito over the Internet and on local news.
The couple at the heart of this verdict does have the right to appeal the decision and at this time the attorney representing the couple said they had no comment on the matter. Regardless of an appeal this conclusion really does illustrate how people's actions online can have major implications in the real world and as a result, those in the wrong should face consequences for their actions.
What do you guys think? Do you think the verdict will protect photographers better in the future? Leave a message in the comments, we'd love to hear your thoughts.
[via CBS Local]