A Sydney law firm is acting for the Chinese owners of the massive multiplayer online game, Evony, which has filed a case against a British blogger for defamation.
The firm, Warren Mckeon Dickson, has filed a suit in the NSW Supreme Court against Bruce Everiss "for posting defamatory and false statements online about the company and the game”, reports ITWire.
The lawsuit follows multiple rebuffed attempts to reconcile the matter out of court.
The firm had written to Everiss, a former marketer for the games industry, twice in August, threatening him with legal action because he had allegedly made defamatory remarks about Evony in articles written for his blog.
The case is reminiscent of the Gutnick v Dow Jones case of the early 2000s when Melbourne-based mining magnate Joseph Gutnick successfully sued Dow Jones in Victoria over material that was later judged to be defamatory.
The case was a landmark one in that it ended in a ruling that someone could be defamed in a location other than that from which defamatory material had been published. Dow Jones is based in the US.
In the letters to Everiss the lawyers demanded that he confirm by August 28 that he wrote blog entries on The Chaos Engine, a games industry forum, under a certain name, and provide the names of all involved in the publication of these entries, which the lawyers claim defame their client.
Everiss has posted both letters on his blog.