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Judge fines woman waging Web war against plastic surgeon

December 19, 2009

Judge Sarah Evans Barker declared a Massachusetts woman in contempt of court for failing to remove her negative Internet postings about an Indianapolis cosmetic surgeon.

Barker, a federal judge in Indianapolis, ruled in favor of Dr. Barry Eppley earlier this month. She fined Lucille Iacovelli $7,750 and said the fine would grow $50 a day until Iacovelli removes negative comments and videos about Eppley from 31 Web sites.

Iacovelli has waged a Web campaign against Eppley since 2001. She says he botched her face-lift surgery and left her with breathing difficulties. She has told Eppley’s lawyers she would remove all her Internet postings if they deal with her outside of court.

Eppley, a former professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine, is co-owner of the Ology spas at the Clarian North and Clarian West medical centers. He filed suit in March after he said Iacovelli posted a message on his Web site saying she would commit suicide on an Internet video in April. Iacovelli accused Eppley of fabricating the suicide message.

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