Lawyer settles libel case

A lawyer who instructed Carter Ruck to launch a libel claim against a website that claimed to ’name and shame’ underperforming lawyers has settled his dispute.

Lawyer Scott Eason pursued Rick Kordowski, the owner of website, for damages after two consumers posted negative comments about his ethics (5 April 2010).

A statement released by Carter Ruck said that Kordowski had agreed to remove the “false and defamatory” allegations from the website and that he agreed not to publish the comments again. He also wrote a letter of apology to Eason.

The original claim launched by Carter Ruck stated that Kordowski “had an ‘administration and monitoring procedure’ whereby he would only remove postings (whether they were true or false) if the solicitor or firm complained about paid him between £99 and £299”.

In the letter of apology, published by Carter Ruck today, Kordowski says that he “did not know that the allegations were false, but I now understand that they are. On that basis, they should never have been published”.

The letter continued: “I understand that, as I have no funds, you have kindly agreed to waive your entitlement to damages and costs.”