macavity - 10:07 pm on Nov 9, 2005 (gmt 0) I appreciate that cross-border legislation is a nightmare but does anyone have any idea where I might stand? Cheers, Mac
A recent post was made to one of my forums alleging that a certain real estate company was using "dirty tricks" to poach business from competitors. There was then an exchange of views in this forum topic between the original poster and someone working for the company in question (although they did not reveal that publicly). I was later contacted by the owners of the company demanding that the post be removed. I refused to remove it as one of the main purposes of the forums is to expose shady tactics used by "cowboy operators" but posted to the forum myself stating that I would allow both parties to put forward their side of the argument once more before locking the topic. This was not acceptable to the company in question who accused me, as the forum moderator, of allowing a smear campaign to take place. The company directors then stated that they had been in touch with those accusing them and that it transpired a third party had been passing themselves off as the original company. I replied that if the original poster were to retract their comments I would delete the topic. This took place a few days later and I removed the topic. I then mailed the company to inform them that the comments had been retracted and the topic removed, only to find that the matter is now in the hands of their solicitors. They haven't been more specific but I assume, based on their previous correspondence, that their intention is to accuse me of some kind of libel.
I appreciate that cross-border legislation is a nightmare but does anyone have any idea where I might stand?