Californian Can Be Sued in N.J. for Alleged Libel on Internet

[New Jersey Law Journal] New Jersey’s long-arm jurisdiction over Internet disputes just got a little longer.A state appeals court ruled Thursday that a California resident accused of making libelous statements in a Web-based forum can be sued in New Jersey because the material was “targeted” toward a New Jersey audience.Many state courts have ruled that posting libelous material in open forums that can be seen everywhere does not vest jurisdiction in the victim’s state. Where the libeler posts the comments is what counts.But in Goldhaber v. Kohlenberg, A-5114-05, the allegedly libelous material was not only directed at a New Jersey resident; it included disparaging or insulting references to a town, a police department and the New Jersey resident’s neighbors.

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