LEXINGTON, Ky., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A salacious Web site that became an issue in a congressional campaign in Arizona faces an $11 million libel judgment in an unrelated dispute in Kentucky.
A mistake by the plaintiff's attorneys, however, could nullify the judgment in the Kentucky case, Politico reported.
A Kentucky teacher and Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader sued TheDirty.com -- or she thought she did -- after bloggers there hinted she contracted two venereal diseases.
U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman of the Eastern District of Kentucky Wednesday ordered Dirty World Entertainment Recordings of Los Angeles -- which the complaint said operates TheDirty -- to pay $1 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages for failing to respond to the suit, the Washington publication said.
But Sarah Jones's attorneys had actually intended to sue Dirty World LLC, which runs the TheDirty.com.
That site's founder, Hooman Karamian, was named in the complaint. But he said neither he nor his company was ever served in the case.
Ben Quayle, son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, has admitted writing for an earlier version of TheDirty.com's Scottsdale, Ariz., site. On Tuesday, he won the Republican nomination for Arizona's 3rd District.
Jones's lawyer said it was irrelevant that the incorrect corporation, Web site and physical address were listed on the complaint.