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Jewel firm pays for defaming rival online

Comments were made on popular forum using acquired identities

Published on Apr 3, 2014 10:27 AM

A jeweller who fabricated malicious comments about a rival on a popular forum using third-party accounts has been ordered to pay $85,000 in damages and costs by the High Court, in the first such case in Singapore.

The court order issued last month also barred Vivo Diamonds from using the two accounts for further defamation, through its officers or agents.

There have been lawsuits involving defamation in cyberspace but this is the first reported case in Singapore of a company found liable for online defamation made through a third party.

JannPaul, a bespoke jeweller dealing in precious gems and diamonds, had sued Vivo for spreading malicious falsehoods on popular forum Hardware Zone (HWZ).

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