Yes, you heard right, $11 million is the amount that an NFL cheerleader thought she had won in a defamation judgment against a gossip website. The result may be nullified because her lawyers sued the wrong company, politico.com reported Thursday.
Sarah Jones, a Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader and Kentucky teacher, meant to sue TheDirty.com after comments on the site in December suggested she had an affair with a player and also contracted two venereal diseases. The site is run by Scottsdale-based Dirty World LLC. But due to a clerical error, the lawsuit was filed against TheDirt.com.
On Wednesday U.S. District Court judge William O. Bertelsman ordered Los Angeles-based Dirty World Entertainment Recordings to pay $1 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages for failing to respond to the lawsuit filed in February.
This would be a paralegal’s nightmare, entering the wrong name and it not being caught until after the judgment is entered by default. Ughhh, I will be sure to triple check every document that I prepare now.
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