Parsa Law Group, APC, v. Bad Biz Finder, et al.

Letter requesting removal of an allegedly defamatory blog comment

In response to an article on my blog about the bankruptcy loan modification bill that was recently defeated, I received a comment from someone calling herself "Bad Biz Finder". The commenter accused the Parsa Law Group, a California law firm, of not being a real law firm and engaging in loan modification scams.

The Parsa Law Group sued Bad Biz Finder and Erin K. Baldwin and obtained a default judgment for over $600,000. The judgment also includes a court order that prohibits the Bad Biz defendants from making and further defamatory statements about the Parsa Law Group. The litigation appears to be unrelated to the comment left on my blog.

This document consists of the court's judgment and a letter from the attorneys for the Parsa Law Group that I received asking me to delete the comment from my blog.

While I believe that I would have been protected from any liability, the comment did seem a bit over the top and I will respect that court's finding that Bad Biz Finder and Ms. Baldwin were guilty of defamation in various online forums.

Some have expressed concern to me about the chilling effect a letter and court like this might have on blogging, so I am posting this document at the request of several people interested in this matter.

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Reference Info:Decision | State, 9th Circuit, California | United States

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