A federal judge in Oregon has ruled that a blogger sued by an investment firm for defamation is not protected by that state’s media shield law, and he ordered her to pay the firm $2.5 million. Here’s the post in which blogger Crystal Cox, identifying herself as an “investigative blogger” and “investigative journalist,” calls Kevin Padrick of Obsidian Finance Group LLC a “liar and thief.”
Here, from the Seattle Weekly‘s Curtis Cartier, is a discussion of Padrick’s suit. It explains that Cox claims her post was based on an inside source that Oregon’s shield law protects her right not to name. And it tells us why Judge Marco Hernandez did not agree.