We here at The UpStream really enjoy a good lawsuit story as any of our regular readers will tell you. This one, however, is going to be a little different from normal. It's not a tech company suing for patent infringement or Microsoft patenting the Page Up key, this involved a cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Sarah Jones, who is an English teacher and Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader, was incredibly upset when she was told that TheDirty.com had published a story about her entitled "The Dirty Bengals Cheerleader" which suggested that she was the team mattress and, as such, had acquired a collection of STDs. She was so upset that she contacted her lawyer and sued California-based Dirty World Entertainment Recordings LLC. After failing to respond to the lawsuit, a judge awarded Sarah Jones $11 million in default. Unfortunately, Sarah will not see a penny of that money.
Why will she not see the money she won? Hit the break to find out.
You see, Dirty World Entertainment Recordings LLC owns thedirt.com, whereas Arizona-based Dirty World LLC owns TheDirty.com. The reason they never responded to the lawsuit is because they were uninvolved in it. Apparently everyone involved has had some fun with the whole thing. According to dirt site #3, Techdirt,
Amusingly, the folks at TheDirt.com are amusingly asking if they should sue for libel right back, considering all the press coverage claiming (falsely) that they had libeled Ms. Jones. Oh, and as for TheDirty.com, it's also asking the AP for an apology for falsely reporting that it had lost the lawsuit when it hadn't even been served. Quite a dirty mess.
Apparently Dirty World has tried to settle the case, claiming they have no money. Jones seems to have no interest in settling the case, and more interest in making a point. I don't blame her. Slander is an ugly business, especially when you are on the receiving end.