Phil Mickelson sued an Internet service provider to get the name of a poster on Yahoo!’s Devil Ball golf blog. The commenter, using the names “Fogroller” and “Longitude” has been posting rumors about Phil and his wife, among other things. From Courthouse News Service:
“The postings suggest that plaintiff has an illegitimate child, that his wife has affairs and other similar vexatious statements that are absolutely untrue and, simply put, vicious,” the complaint states.
In a recent post about Mickelson on Devil Ball, Fogroller went on at length about alleged gambling problems for Mickelson.
In his complaint, Mickelson says the San Diego Superior Court authorized him to subpoena Yahoo! for information about “Fogroller” and “Longitude,” and Yahoo! responded with Fogroller’s Internet protocol address, which is registered to a Videotron subscriber.
Now, Mickelson is seeking a court order to get Videotron to turn over the user’s information. This could turn out to be a fairly important case as Mickelson could be setting the precedent for libel on message boards and comment sections. This isn’t the wild west anymore.