Tameira Hollander, MD Accuses Blogger of Defamation via Weblink - Has Website Torn Down
Innocent Third Party Accused of Defamation and Has Non-Affiliated Website Torn Down
In November, 2007, Christine Baker (who works in credit rating) included in the left sidebar of her CreditSuit.org blog, a link to http://www.tameirahollander-nearlykilledmywife.com stating that the website was a "... great site and fantastic example of how everybody should DOCUMENT and PUBLICIZE their complaints!"
What followed almost boggles the imagination.
She was shortly thereafter beset upon by Irving G. Johnson, lawyer for Dr. Tameira Lee Hollander, MD, of Littleton, Colorado (http://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/127153/CO/Littleton/Hollander), demanding that she immediately remove his client's name from her websites, a rather confusing demand, given that she had not posted anything about the good doctor, nor her name.
Ms. Baker writes that Irving G. Johnson then wrote her the following, without providing a valid return address or other contact:
"Ms. Baker, I am Dr. Hollander’s attorney. I gather you like to “mix it up” and involve yourself in “causes”. The Baileys decided to remove all their defamation from the web because this has gone on long enough. The truth is Dr. Hollander is an exceptional physician who has been maligned for a year and a half. I will gladly serve you if you don’t remove her name from your website. I’m sure I can keep you fully entertained if that is what you prefer. Just let me know.".
According to Ms. Baker, Irving G. Johnson submitted this "request" over a month after he filed the lawsuit and obtained the Temporary Restraining Order ordering the removal of CreditSuit.org (http://forum.creditcourt.com/discus/messages/14435/3-2-09--Hollander-OppositionVacate-TRO_ReconsiderationContempt-pub-14584.pdf), five days later issuing the summons and writing the letter to have Christine served.
Christine Baker asserts that:
" 1. I have never had ANY defamatory statement about Dr. Tameira Hollander at any of my websites.
2. While I’m NOT familiar with Colorado law, I assume it requires notice of defamatory statements prior to filing a defamation suit.
3. This lawsuit is a harassment suit.
4. Attorney Irving G. Johnson filed this suit because he expected me to be AFRAID of him and because Doctor Tameira Hollander has deep pockets."
For the complete story, see:
It seems that she is guilty of nothing more than having provided a link in a blog on her website to another website for the purpose of referencing certain examples of methodologies contained in that website. As that other website contains(ed) information perhaps not positive regarding the good doctor, Christine has had legal action initiated against her, including the termination of her website, CreditSuit.org.
This is akin to someone linking to a website to provide their readers with tools from that website, and being accused of libel because that other website (possibly) contains a libelous statement. If a blog such as DrSmith.blogspot.com or DrSmith.wordpress.com contained libel and one were to link to blogspot.com or wordpress.com, would it thus hold that their website should be torn down?
With her website down, Ms. Baker's sole source of income was interrupted, placing her in a poor position to challenge the unwarranted attack on her.
This is incredulous, to say the least.