Courtney Love cleared of Twitter libel: what it means for the rest of us

read about the “twibel” trial

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A Los Angeles jury decided on Friday that singer Courtney Love did not defame her former attorney in a tweet, thus ending America’s first high-profile “twibel” trial. The case created buzz in Hollywood and among media lawyers because it promised to shed more light on what you can and can’t say on Twitter.

Here’s a quick overview of what happened and what it means for the emerging law of Twitter.

Courtney said ex- lawyer was “bought off”

“Twitter should ban my mother,” Love’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, wrote last year — and she might have a point. Love has been sued multiple times over her Twitter outbursts, including an incident in which she called a fashion designer a drug dealer and a prostitute.

Love settled that case for $430,000 but decided to fight a second Twitter lawsuit in which one of her former lawyer demanded $8 million over a…

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