In support of the recent Hoboken Reporter article: "Hoboken blogger case dismissed after it fails to cross high threshhold for defamation" GA is posting the above certification filed by Plaintiff in Bajardi v Pincus. Included are Plaintiff's claims for "intentional infliction of emotional distress"- Paragraph 7.
The editor of the Hoboken Reporter was correct; the threshold for defamation is too high for damages like diarrhea, nausea and a debilitating sense of dread.
GA agrees that every American who's caught diarrhea online deserves their day in court and $2,000,000, because one man's gastrointestinal distress is another's Hiroshima. In fact, GA is thinking of suing the curry I made last night. So does that mean I owe myself $2,000,000?
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What if the "threshold of defamation" were lowered as the Hoboken Reporter seems to suggest it should be? Could our busy courts accommodate a stampede of litigious loose bowels?
Perhaps a wing could be added to 595 Newark Street called "Montezuma's Annex," equipped with extra bathrooms and mops. If that doesn't work for the volume of cash-seeking, gastrointestinally-distressed Plaintiffs, perhaps a new courthouse would have to be built: "The Large Intestinal Superior Court of Hudson County."
Makes sense. Like The Hoboken Reporter, GA feels the "threshold of defamation" is way too high; it excludes crackpots, drama queens and fakes. Yep, everyone deserves their day in court, no matter what the legal costs are to the ones who traumatized your bowels.
Time to pay up.