Dutch Court Rules in Favor of TradeQoin in Defamation Case Against TradeXchange Netherlands

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A Dutch Court has ruled in favor of TradeQoin regarding recent Linkedin statements made by Jacob Musschenga of TradeXchange Netherlands, which referenced Dennis Smith blogs as the authority for Mr. Musschenga’s opinions about TradeQoin. The Court disqualified Mr. Musschenga’s Linkedin posts by concluding that reliance on Dennis Smith untrustworthy blogs was improper. Mr. Musschenga was ordered by the Dutch Court to post a rectification on Linkedin.

Mr. Musschenga’s rectification on Linkedin stated:

“Recently, I have posted several messages on this forum in which I have questioned the creditability of TradeQoin and Rob van Hilten. By judgment of 19 November 2014 the judge of the Dutch court in Leeuwarden hearing an application for interim measures ruled that by posting these messages I have acted unlawfully toward TradeQoin and Rob van Hilten. The judge did not consider it likely that there is any substance to the accusations I made against TradeQoin and Rob van Hilten in these messages. Therefore, the judge has ordered me to rectify these messages, which I wish to do herewith. I request you to regard these messages as not written.” Jacob Musschenga

Additional findings of Dutch Court were: From Section 4.7 of the verdict

Tradexchange uses dennis.co.nz as the source for their accusations against Rob van Hilten and TradeQoin. Smith has a section of “conspiracy theories” on his site, including claims that Michelle Obama is a transsexual and the world is ruled by satanic / Jewish bankers. These theories are in the opinion of the judge nonsense, and the fact that Smith claims these theories are factual and based on solid research, immediately disqualifies his research. In all reasonability, TradeXchange should never have trusted the research/opinions of this source.

From section 4.17 of the verdict

In the opinion of the judge, TradeXchange has not met the high standards that are required to actually claim the accusations that they made. Because the posts were made on the Think barter group, which is read by interested people, these accusations can have significant consequences.