AnswerThink Consulting Group v. Hackett

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Lawsuit

Date: 

03/30/2000

Status: 

Concluded

Location: 

Florida

Disposition: 

Settled (total)

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

N/A
In March 2000, AnswerThink, a business and technology consulting firm, fired Gregory P. Hackett for allegedly criticizing the company on a Yahoo! forum and sued him for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and loyalty, and defamation... read full description
Parties

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Gregory P. Hackett

Type of Party: 

Organization

Type of Party: 

Individual

Location of Party: 

  • Florida

Location of Party: 

  • Ohio

Legal Counsel: 

Ronald Bennett Ravikoff (Zuckerman Spaeder Taylor & Evans LLP); David B. Webster (Webster Roosa Webster)
Description

In March 2000, AnswerThink, a business and technology consulting firm, fired Gregory P. Hackett for allegedly criticizing the company on a Yahoo! forum and sued him for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and loyalty, and defamation in Florida federal court.

AnswerThink fired and sued Hackett after subpoenaing Yahoo! and learning Hackett's identity during a related lawsuit, AnswerThink Consulting Group v. Doe. In that lawsuit, AnswerThink sued Hackett and several others as John Does for defamation.

Hackett and AnswerThink settled both cases in July 2000.

In a related matter, Hackett sued Yahoo! in California federal court in May 2000 for violating his privacy when it complied with AnswerThink's subpoena. Hackett and Yahoo! settled in August 2000.

Details

Content Type: 

  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Forum

Subject Area: 

  • Defamation
  • Employee Blogs
  • Anonymity
  • Business Torts
Court Information & Documents

Jurisdiction: 

  • Florida

Source of Law: 

  • Florida

Court Name: 

United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Court Type: 

Federal

Case Number: 

1:00cv01223

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