For something to be defamation, it must be false. To sue for defamation, you'd have to prove harm was done to you. Thus, obviously, no, you cannot sue. But I'm damn sure you weren't stupid enough to not already know the answer before asking.
Can I sue for something on Warlight?: 1/17/2016 04:47:33
alas, there is a distinction between public people and private people with regards to the requirement that it be true.
Public people (politicians, famous actors, etc) can't get up set if someone says something true about them.
However, Private people (everyone else) have an expectation of privacy on some sensitive things, so even if you do say something that is true about them, you can still get in trouble (provided that they had a reason to believe the information would stay private and it causes damage.)
But defamation is largely a state-law claim (in the US) and the requirements vary by where you live.
Can I sue for something on Warlight?: 1/18/2016 00:17:00
As the husband of a lawyer, I can promise you this would go absolutely nowhere. In fact, were you to bring a suit on this, you'd likely have the case dismissed summarily and be liable for his legal fees. There is no harm presented to your reputation based on the quote, and even if you could prove it caused you financial or emotional distress, you'd have to further prove that it was presented in a public setting and was intended as a harmful measure instead of simply being something he found humorous. Add all those things up, and you *might* be able to create a case. Expect to spend $200-$300 per hour for examinations and discovery, probably totaling up to around 50 hours, including time spent by your legal team requesting subpoenas of Warlight archives. Then you have case filing fees, court fees and more.
Long story short, if you won the Powerball jackpot last weekend, then have a go. If you are a trust fund baby, then have a go. If you have $10-15k burning a hole in your pocket, have a go. But you better believe he caused you at least that much financial distress. And be prepared to be countersued if (when) your case is dismissed and have close to as much to shell out to his legal team.
Otherwise, get over yourself. No one will care as soon as they click out of this forum thread.
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Can I sue for something on Warlight?: 1/18/2016 00:21:25
Not true. There are cases adjudicated every day where IP addresses are subject to subpoena and discovery. You have no anonymity on the internet. Everything is traceable.
That something can be traced to a certain IP address is only prove that that computer was used to do it. Impossible to prove who was using that computer at that time unless a camera was recording it. So in theory nobody is anonymous, in reality everybody is
Can I sue for something on Warlight?: 1/18/2016 02:15:51
Not true. There are dozens of cases that have been won with IP discovery.
*Nearly every single bitTorrent piracy case won by the plaintiffs has been based on IP addresses and reasonable suspicion.
More notably, and appropriate to this case, Hadley v Cook, Illinois was just won by the plaintiff based on IP usage.
Even if you're using dynamic IP addressing at home or school, your provider has tracking for all the data transfers, and the courts have become very smart about this kind of thing. If 50 posts come from your IP address, and even 1 is definitively traceable to you, the assumption becomes that they all are.
I'm not blowing smoke here, I'm simply telling it like it is. You're not anonymous.
Can I sue for something on Warlight?: 1/18/2016 02:21:37