Revolutions Medical wins $20M libel suit against cyber bully

July 5, 2013 by Arezu Sarvestani

South Carolina medical device maker Revolutions Medical won $20 million judgment against an online forum commenter accused of "Internet defamation."

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A South Carolina court awarded medical device company Revolutions Medical (PINK:RMCP) and its CEO more than $20 million in damages against Phillip Hicks, an online forum commenter who the company accused of "Internet defamation."

Revolutions won $3.6 million in compensatory and $1.5 million in punitive damages, and company chairman & CEO Rondald Wheet won $12 million in compensatory and $3 million in punitive damages, according to a press statement.

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Revolutions had accused Hicks of waging a "cyber smear campaign" against the company and its chief executive, and claimed that Hicks intentionally interfered with a DoD grant that Revolutions was slated to receive in September 2010.

According to company documents Hicks, under the user-name "Tazmanian353", had made libelous comments on Yahoo! Finance and Raging Bull online forums alleging that Revolutions was just a "shell company" without legitimate operations or real patents and that CEO Ron Wheet "lied in official documents" and made "fraudulent misleading statements."

Revolutions filed a lawsuit on the grounds that Hicks' comments were false and defamatory since the company owns patents, both granted and pending, for auto retractable safety syringe and certain medical imaging technology.