A Texas oil and gas company that filed a defamation lawsuit against a Paonia activist over an online comment he made to a Glenwood Springs Post Independent article had its case dismissed in Delta County last week.

The SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) came after a comment left on the Post Independent's website by Peter Kolbenschlag, a 20-year North Fork Valley resident, in response to the publication's 2016 article, "Divide lease decision likely to land in court."

"There isn't a different set of law that applies to communications over the Internet. It is the same law there as anywhere else," Kolbenschlag's attorney Steve Zansberg, a partner at Ballard Spahr who also represents media organizations in Colorado, said. "The reason this case was thrown out is because what Mr. Kolbenschlag said was substantially true."

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