Israeli Court Holds Forum Manager Liable For User Content

In C 032986/03 Moshe Boshmitz v. Anat Aronowitz, Magistrates Court of Tel-Aviv Jaffa, Israeli Judge Shoshana Almagor held that the manager of an online forum may be liable for the content published by the forum users on a theory of negligence. The defendant, Ms. Aronowitz, was the manager of a forum dealing with the welfare of animals in the popular Israeli website “Walla!” The Claimant, Dr. Boshmitz, a veterinarian and an owner of a farm that breeds monkeys and sells them for research purposes, filed suit against the defendant regarding libelous statements she made against him in the forum as well as statements made by users of the forum.

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