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[ih] History of Flaming

> It might also be interesting to look for the earliest libel actions over
> on-line statements. The earliest I knew of was Godfrey v. Hallam-Baker
> but somehow I doubt it was the first.

There was one in 1984 regarding a networking interface card vendor.
A BBNer (name eludes me and not sure he'd want canonization anyway)
commented on an ARPANET list that the product was lousy and was sued.
He settled.