A lawyer for the blogger argued before Supreme Court Justice Joan Madden that the raunchy digs at Cohen amount to nothing more than "youthful, jocular, slangy" comments that are common on the Internet.
"Skanks, ho - if you Google it, you get millions of hits," said lawyer Anne Salisbury, adding that the comments are "obviously in a sarcastic tone."
She cited a recent ruling in which aNew Jersey judge tossed out a defamation suit filed by three women whose pictures showed up on the Web site "Hot Chicks With Douchebags."
"It's snide, it's trash talk, it's the bane of the Internet right now," Salisbury said before Madden.
As for Cohen's arguments, the Daily News reports:
"They impugned her chastity," he said. "It is affecting her business."
The law often presents interesting and difficult issues of causation. Attempting to prove that a 37-year-old's modeling career is on the wane because of a blogger's allegation of skankiness -- rather, than, say, because of her 37-years-oldedness -- is a causation issue that will surely be taught in first year torts classes for decades to come.
The AP reports that the judge "reserved decision" on whether to order Google to cough up the bloggers' ID.