Internet argument between two users with anonymous names turned ugly with Person A calling Person B a pedophile after Person B said it is not rape if they like it. Person B said that it is liable and will start a subpoena to get information a sue in civil court. Person A deleted comments and account on blog site, which removed all instances of the comment. Person B made reference elsewhere that people need to be taught a lesson, so he has to sue due to reputation being damaged. All happened over a 2 hour internet conversation where user names were anonomyous (SnakeMaster and ILoveSheep, for examples). How at risk is Person A for the pedophile comment and how like is Person B to be able to prove damages / mental damages?
The risk? .00000000001%
Libel requires a written comment that is false that causes actual damage...first not knowing the identity of the party makes a lawsuit not possible.
Second, there are no damges for a lawsuit.
I do not think there is a case for libel here. The identities of the interlocutors in this discussion are not ascertainable (at least not in any immediate sense), and as Attorney Love correctly noted, there are no apparent damages resulting from the statements made. These kinds of exchanges are never advisable and should not be entered into, but so far, based on what you have described, no actionable conduct worth suing over has materialized. Best wishes to you.
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