Thursday 24 August 2017

Court tells company to block website

The company was also ordered to identify the author of blogger.
The company was also ordered to identify the author of blogger.

Ray Managh

The US owner of blogging service WordPress.com, has been warned by a High Court judge to comply with orders to remove allegedly defamatory material posted about the Irish-based exploration company, Petroceltic International, and two of its executives.

On Thursday Automatic Inc, which owns the blogging software, and an Irish subsidiary, Aut O'Mattic A8C Ireland Ltd, were ordered by the High Court to delete "blatantly untrue" remarks contained in a blog about the company and chief executive Brian O'Cathain and its financial chief, Tom Hickey.

The company was also ordered to identify the author of blogger.

The orders were secured after representatives for Petroceltic International, headquartered in Dublin, and its two executives told the court the blogger concerned had threatened to post further allegations on the site.

Counsel said the allegations posted by the so-far unidentified blogger are entirely unsubstantiated and blatantly untrue.

The matter returned before the High Court yesterday.

Mr Justice John Hedigan was informed that nothing had been done by the defendants since the orders were granted on Thursday.

The material complained of had not been taken down, counsel said.

Arising out of this failure to remove the material, counsel asked the court to consider taking steps against the defendants including imposing a €100,000-a-day fine until the court's orders were complied with.

That application was opposed by lawyers for the blogging service providers.

Noting the application to impose fines, the Judge said he was adjourning the matter to Monday's sitting of the High Court.

Irish Independent

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