Reporting on a Public Proceeding for the purpose of this Blog.
In many states you have a right to make “a fair and true report in, or a communication to, a public journal, of (A) a judicial, (B) legislative, or (C) other public official proceeding, or (D) of anything said in the course thereof, or (E) of a verified charge or complaint made by any person to a public official, upon which complaint or warrant has been issued.” A report is “fair and true” if it captures the substance of the proceeding. The reporting of in a Blog or its Blogger and its opinions as in this case, need not track verbatim the underlying proceeding, but it should not and does not deviate so far as to produce a different outcome or effect to you, nor does it cast a diffused light to the subject matter in itself.
As in California, these Provisions have been applied to posting on an online message board, see Colt v. Freedom Communications, Inc., and would likely also be applied to blogs. In California for example, these privileges also extends to fair and true reports of public meetings, if the publication of the matter complained of was for the public’s benefit.
The US Supreme Court affirmed the constitutional protections as mainstream media regarding Blogs. The US Supreme Court has said that “in the context of defamation law, the rights of the institutional media are no greater and no less than those enjoyed by other individuals and organizations engaged in the same activities.”
Regarding the individuals involved and named in this Blog, i.e. Sarah Louise Merritt and Daniel Robert Hohal, in the perception of casting them in a “false light”, it is not the intent of this Blog nor the Blogger and its owner to do such. The light that casts, casts to the truth. It is the purpose of this Blog to present the truth factually to the deceit, misrepresentation and fraud committed, in Bad Faith, by these individuals, the law firm that represents attorney Merritt, and claims representative, Mr. Hohal is represented by insurance carrier, as it pertains to each argument individually and collectively as a whole. And although, some states allow lawsuits to recover damages that arise when others place them in a false light, the information as presented in the blog “WCBInjury.com” is not in “false light”. False light claims are subject to the constitutional protections as discussed, in brief, herein.