Johnny Northside and His Truth Prevail On Appeal

On March 29, 2011, I posted an article about a neighborhood blogger, Mr. John (“Johnny Northside”) Hoff, who got whacked with a $60,000 judgment by a Minnesota jury for interfering with a contract between one Jerry Moore and the University of Minnesota.  Hoff had written a post accusing Mr. Moore of being involved in a “high-profile fraudulent mortgage.”  The evidence showed that one day after the article appeared on Hoff’s blog, Mr. Moore was fired from his new position to study mortgage foreclosures with the Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center of the University.  Hoff appealed the verdict.  On August 20, 2012, the Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed holding that providing a third person with truthful information cannot form the basis for a claim for interference with a contract.  The decision can be found here.  Meanwhile, in his crusade to rid north Minneapolis of crime, corruption, and general malfeasance, Johnny continues to blog about topics such as local sex offender “Spanky Pete” and Pete’s lawyer.


About Craig McLaughlin

I am an intellectual property attorney and trial lawyer with an office in Southern California. I enjoy representing clients and also enjoy flyfishing, skiing, golf, writing this blog and photography (see blog header). My website is:
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