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2Clix sues Whirlpool founder (192 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-September-2007  02:44:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hot off the presses over at fellow Australian tech-enthusiast website Whirlpool:

Whirlpool founder Simon Wright is being sued by accounting software firm 2Clix Australia Pty Ltd (ACN 118 044 198) for alleged "injurious falsehood".

The Statement of Claim from the company alleges that Simon Wright allowed statements "relating to the Plaintiff and its software product that are both false and malicious" to be published on the Whirlpool forums.

2Clix is suing for at least $150,000 (plus costs), and is demanding that two forum threads be removed from the site.

Whirlpool believes the action has no merit and will defend the matter vigorously, despite being a community website with little resources.

Simon Wright, the moderators and Whirlpool's legal team ask that users respect Simon's right to a fair trial and not prejudice his case. Users should refrain from doing anything that might expose Simon to contempt of court such as making statements that prejudge the outcome of the case. Please keep any comments polite and factual.

That goes for comments here too. Anyway, I obviously don't have any more idea about the specifics of the case than you do, but I imagine every forum operator in Australia is paying close attention to this one. I've already emailed Simon to express my support.

Edit: there's a digg link here.

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