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Lawsuit of the Weekend: Rah Rah… Whoops.

Bengals cheerleader has a short-lived victory

This story may provide some good fodder for “dumb cheerleader” jokes. Sarah Jones, a high school English teacher and cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals, was understandably upset when a gossip website called TheDirty.com published an article entitled “The Dirty Bengals Cheerleader,” asking, “Why are high school teachers freaks in the sack?”

According to Jones’s December 23, 2009 complaint, the article, published on December 7, 2009, quoted a commenter who alleged that Jones had slept with all the members of the Bengals team and had STDs. The complaint for defamation, libel, and invasion of privacy states that Jones’s school had seen the post and that her students had commented on it. Hopefully, not with insight into how freaky she is in the sack…

Jones sued California-based Dirty World Entertainment Recordings LLC, which owns thedirt.com. The company never responded and Jones was awarded $11 million in a default judgment, according to Cincinnati.com.

But Jones can’t start working her pom poms over the victory just yet. It appears that she sued the wrong company, and that the actual defendant should have been Arizona-based Dirty World LLC, which owns thedirty.com…

Read on at Forbes.com….

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