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'Owlstalk' Majority Cleared

'Owlstalk' Majority Cleared

Wednesday fans who faced legal action by the club for posts on Owls' message board 'Owlstalk' have seen most of their cases thrown out of court - but four still remain.

The club had gone to London's High Court demanding to know the identities of 13 Wednesday fans who post messages on website 'Owlstalk'.

But Judge Richard Parkes QC said some of the messages posted on the site were 'little more than abusive' or 'plainly intended as jokes' or even 'no more than saloon bar moanings'.

He also added that: 'It seems to me that some of the postings which concern the claimants border on the trivial.'

And as a result, the club have had to fork out £9,000 in costs.

But Judge Richard Parkes QC has ordered 'Owlstalk' owner Hargreaves to hand over the e-mail addresses of three users — 'halfpint', 'ian' and 'vaughan'.

He said that their postings 'may reasonably be understood to allege greed, selfishness, untrustworthiness and dishonest behaviour on the part of the claimants'.

And he added: 'In the case of those postings, the claimants' entitlement to take action to protect their right to reputation outweighs, in my judgment, the right of the authors to maintain their anonymity and their right to express themselves freely,' the judge said.

So although nine of the original 13 Wednesday fans have seen their cases thrown out of court, the club will now be entitled to e-mail addresses and/or names of the remaining four - who still face legal action as a result.

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Writer:Nick
Date:Thursday October 18 2007
Time: 3:53PM

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Great, club has to foot the costs for the frivolous actions taken out by its Chairman......
Placebo
18/10/2007 16:26:00
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IAM SPARTICUS COMES 2 MIND. WE CARNT AFFORD TO LOAN ANY PLAYERS (FANS FAULT) BUT YET WE CAN AFFORD TO THROW MONEY AT THE HIGH COURT I ASK YOU WOT THE HELLS GOIN ON AY HILLSBORO. I ONLY HAVE 1 THING TO SAY AND THAT IS SELL UP ALLEN FOR THE GUD OF OF SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY PLEASE BEFORE ITS TOO LATE. SUMBODY ON THE BOARD NEEDS TO STAND UP AND BE COUNTED AND TELL ALLEN TO DO THE DECENT THING AND GO. BUT THEY WONT . THEN ALLEN WILL BE SAYIN ITS THE FANS AT FAULT AGAIN AND SO ON N ON N ON N ON N ON
mick66owl
18/10/2007 16:41:00
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we are a bloody laughing stock.
mick66owl
18/10/2007 16:44:00
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it makes me sick the unbeleivable pettiness of this situation, everyone should have a right to comment freely about a situation they feel strongly about, and if they feel strongly that a business they are a paying customer of they should have the right to complain and to make their feelings known and not to face repraisals. and not to slate internet message boards but a lot of things posted are bull***** / jokes / passionate people venting their feelings. i for one shall be voting with my feet and vetoing every coming home match until the current regime is ousted, and i kno i am not the only one thinking this. long live swfc. allen out. p.s anyone knoW a good solicitor?! :-D
mansfieldowl
18/10/2007 16:47:00
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oh dear mansfield. allens guna get ya eeeeee. could not agree more mate and if i and payed 3hundred an odd qiud 4 a season tiket i wud be joinin you . i will tell you this i wont be scrimping an savin for 1 nex season if allen is ther
mick66owl
18/10/2007 16:57:00
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as anybody erd about rumour on fetching clarke back n lettin southend av sodje??
mick66owl
18/10/2007 20:19:00
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and burton and tudgay and lunt!!!
will it ever happen
18/10/2007 21:57:00
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perhaps l should sue the club, l feel really ripped off having bought a season ticket, can l now have my money back mr chairman ? all the hype,bull & spin pre-season ticket sales, l'll never believe another word......until it actually happens !
astonsS26OWL
19/10/2007 21:07:00
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