Defamation in 140 Characters or Less

Former Head of Indian Premier League (IPL) and Vice-President of the Board of Cricketing Control for India (BCCI)fined US$140,000 for Libelous Tweet.

On 5th January 2010 the Defendant, Lalit Modi, published on his official personal page of the social networking service Twitter the following words: “Chris Cairns removed from the IPL auction list due to his past record in match fixing. This was done by the Governing Council today.” Mr Cairns then sued Mr Modi for defamation in respect of the Tweet and the comment to Cricinfo. The defamatory meaning of the Tweet is obvious, namely that the Claimant had fixed cricket matches.

The court found for the plaintiff and awarded $140,000 in damages. The case cant be found here.

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