Judge Roy Dalton has ordered Pastor Paula White to pay a woman $12,500 for “emotional harm” over a copyright infringement lawsuit, filed by White.
A woman named Shirley Johnson, posted videos to YouTube that were critical of the New Destiny Christian Centers and Paula White Ministries. White didn’t like the criticism and sued Johnson. Her reason? Paula White claimed Johnson used video clips and images of her in videos. The case was dismissed, but Johnson countersued for “malicious prosecution,” and won.
The court awarded Johnson $12,500 for the “emotional harm” from the bogus copyright claim.
Johnson’s testimony about the mental anguish she suffered from the Copyright Infringement Action was credible. Specifically, Johnson testified about the lack of sleep, diminished enjoyment in various hobbies, and overall worry about the litigation and its consequences on her life. The Court finds that Johnson, as an individual unfamiliar with the legal process, credibly suffered emotional harm from the Copyright Infringement Action. But as Johnson did not seek medical treatment and her symptoms have abated, the Court finds a minimal award for these damages appropriate. Thus, the Court awards Johnson $12,500.00 for these damages.