ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota appeals court has overturned a $60,000 award against a Minneapolis blogger whose post led to a man’s firing.
The case against John Hoff, known as “Johnny Northside,” had drawn attention for its free speech implications.
Hoff wrote a blistering post in 2009 about a man named Jerry Moore, accusing him of being involved in mortgage fraud. Moore was quickly dismissed from a University of Minnesota job in which he was to study foreclosures. Moore then sued Hoff.
A district court jury found that Hoff’s post was true, but his actions interfered with Moore’s employment contract.