Hollis v. Joseph

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Lawsuit

Date: 

05/31/2006

Status: 

Concluded

Location: 

Pennsylvania

Disposition: 

Dismissed (total)

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

N/A
Todd Hollis objected to the description posted about him on DontDateHimGirl.com, a website that allows women to post about men and warn other women about them. Mr. Hollis sued Tasha Joseph/Cunningham, the operator of the website, alleging defamation in Pennsylvania state court,... read full description
Parties

Party Issuing Legal Threat: 

Todd Hollis

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Tasha Joseph (a.k.a. Tasha Cunningham); Empress Motion Pictures; Carolyn Lattimore; Alescia Roskov; Does 1-6

Type of Party: 

Individual

Type of Party: 

Individual
Intermediary

Location of Party: 

  • Pennsylvania

Location of Party: 

  • Florida

Legal Counsel: 

Robert Byer, Daniel Beisler
Description

Todd Hollis objected to the description posted about him on DontDateHimGirl.com, a website that allows women to post about men and warn other women about them. Mr. Hollis sued Tasha Joseph/Cunningham, the operator of the website, alleging defamation in Pennsylvania state court, after she refused to remove the posts.

According to the initial complaint, four separate profiles were created by anonymous users of the site, which allegedly falsely claimed that Hollis had multiple children and had herpes; was "gay" or "bi"; had given the user an STD; and that he "wears dirty clothes," "complains about paying child support", and that his "crib is a dump."  (Compl. ¶ 20, 25-26, 30, 34.)  Hollis claims to have complained to Joseph/Cunningham, who refused to remove the profiles.  (Compl. ¶ 23.)  

Hollis sued Joseph/Cunningham, the Cavelle Company, Inc. (the registrant for dontdatehimgirl.com), and three individuals who he claims were responsible for the false profiles for defamation, seeking $50,000 in actual damages plus punitive damages.

Joseph and the Cavelle Company moved to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction.  The Pennsylvania court granted this motion with respect to Joseph/Cunningham, a resident of Florida, and the Cavelle Company.  Hollis filed a second lawsuit in federal court in Florida on November 29, 2007.

Details

Content Type: 

  • Photo
  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Forum

Subject Area: 

  • Defamation
  • Third-Party Content
  • Section 230
  • Personal Jurisdiction
Court Information & Documents

Jurisdiction: 

  • Pennsylvania

Source of Law: 

  • Pennsylvania

Court Name: 

Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County

Court Type: 

State

Case Number: 

GD-06-012677

Relevant Documents: