See you in the funny papers.
True & Honest Fan
- Dec 28, 2014
Or that the defendant's conduct was intentionally aimed at the forum with the intent that it have an effect there, which is more or less similar to most other states. This requires something more than merely the plaintiff being in the forum state of course. Merely operating a website (or commenting on one) doesn't mean you can just be dragged into court anywhere in the country, but it doesn't mean you can deliberately aim tortious conduct at the forum in order to cause harm there.For defamation law specifically, the case law indicates that defendants must have either lived or done business in Wisconsin for a significant amount of time in order to have jurisdiction.
Defamation is also only the first count. He's also claiming IIED and tortious interference and civil conspiracy, as well as an oddball "cyber piracy" complaint. He alleges repeated harassing phone calls (but no evidence any of the defendants had anything to do with them), including at least one explicit death threat. If these happened, it would be hard to argue calling someone at his home phone number to threaten to come to his house and kill him isn't intentionally directed at the forum.
He'll really have to offer more than his personal supposition as evidence, though.