Thursday, October 08, 2015

Me Tarzan, you do battle

Isn't upstyle fun? Quicker than you can say "Debbie Does Dallas," you can turn an online-era defamation claim into a crash blossom!

To spoil the fun, and to save you the trouble of reading Patch: plaintiff (Jane Doe) alleges that defendant (Jane Doe) did post false and defamatory things about her at a website where people complain about their spouses' tendency toward behavior that will keep the country music industry busy into the 21st century. In downstyle, "Jane Does battle" is less of a problem. Upstyle -- along with the cursed inability of humankind to see our own work as others see it -- gives us a new addition to next week's slideshow on headlines.

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OpenID q-pheevr said...

What kind of court system assigns the same pseudonym to the plaintiff and the defendant in a single case? Shouldn't one of them be called Roe, or something?

11:30 PM, October 08, 2015  
Blogger fev said...

I don't know how those rules work, but I am happy to note from a little interwebbing that there's a vein of scholarship on the Doe family and its legal travails:

http://lawreview.law.uark.edu/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/ballaforweb.pdf

11:35 AM, October 13, 2015  
Anonymous raYb said...

My experience in court is that one usually is tagged"Jane Doe 1" and the second, "Jane Doe 2." Otherwise, you end up with Jane seeming to sue herself and nobody knowing which is whom. Or something like that. By the way, I read that hed a couple of times and the plural last name manifested itself as a verb. Could have been "Janes do battle....."

1:55 PM, October 14, 2015  

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