The CEO of Arthur State Bank, which has numerous offices around South Carolina is suing the operators of two local websites.
The suit was filed Friday in Union, where the original Arthur State Bank is located, where the CEO lives and where the websites are based.
J. Carlisle Oxner III filed the suit against John Doe or Does, operators of the site known as “timefortruthinunionsc.com” and “email@example.com.”
The sites have been operating as self-proclaimed watchdog sites, making allegations toward public officials and individuals.
WBCU’s Steve Ramsey reports Oxner charges that false statement were made on the site, including that he(Oxner) received property for free from a City of Union attorney. “Paragraph nine of the suit states that as a result of the defendent’s defamatory publications, Mr. Oxner has suffered harm to his reputation, hurt feelings, mental anguish and loss of privacy.”
The name of the individual or individuals operating the site has been unattainable due to privacy laws. The service provider generally does not reveal the name of the operator unless faced with legal action. The filing of the lawsuit opens the path for the operator to be identified.
(written by Steve Ramsey and William Christopher)