Anthony Ciolli, Former Director of AutoAdmit, Dropped From Lawsuit

Yesterday, lawyers for two female Yale Law School students, captioned as Does I & II, filed an amended complaint dropping Anthony Ciolli as a defendant from the lawsuit they filed against a host of pseudonymous users of the popular law school admissions forum, AutoAdmit. The suit, which has engendered a great deal of publicity (see, e.g., The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal Law Blog), charges that users of the site made defamatory, vulgar, sexually explicit, and threatening comments about the Yale students on AutoAdmit's forum.

Ciolli, the former chief education director of the site, was almost certainly immune from liability under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, so it is no surprise that he has been dropped from the suit.

You can read about the details of the lawsuit -- and download the pleadings -- by accessing our legal threat entry, Doe v. Ciolli.

UPDATE: I had incorrectly identified Anthony Ciolli as an administrator of the AutoAdmit site; his correct title was chief education director and administrator of AutoAdmit Studies.  I've corrected the title and body of the this post to reflect this information.


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