Recent Threats Added to the DMLP Database

NOTE: The information and commentary contained in this database entry are based on court filings and other informational sources that may contain unproven allegations made by the parties. The truthfulness and accuracy of such information is likely to be in dispute. Information contained in this entry is current as of the last event mentioned in the "Description" section below; additional proceedings might have taken place in this matter since this event.

Date: 01/27/2014
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Website
Tarantino, a multiple Oscar winning and nominated writer and director, is the writer and owner of a screenplay entitled The Hateful Eight. The script was leaked by unknown persons. On January 22, 2014, the website Gawker.com published an article about the leak...
- 04/25/2014 - 8:36am - 0 comments
Date: 03/15/2011
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Settled (total)
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Website
McCall is a designer who creates parodies of the official seals of the National Security Agency ("NSA") and the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") for use on T-shirts, mugs and similar merchandise. Merchandise containing McCall's designs were offered for sale on...
- 04/23/2014 - 4:37pm - 0 comments
Date: 03/14/2014
Status: Pending
Disposition: Injunction Denied
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Louisiana
Publication: Other
MoveOn.org is a public policy advocacy group and political action committee. On March 4, 2014, MoveOn.org caused a billboard to be placed along an Interstate Highway in Louisiana. This billboard was meant to draw attention to a political statement directed...
- 04/23/2014 - 4:21pm - 0 comments
Date: 12/10/2013
Status: Pending
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
Publication: Micro-blog
In November 2010, Mara Feld arranged for her thoroughbred gelding to be shipped to a horse farm. The horse was instead sent to a horse auction and may have been slaughtered in Canada. The horse's fate became a topic of...
- 04/23/2014 - 4:10pm - 0 comments
Date: 10/02/2012
Status: Pending
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Blog
Nadia Naffe accused a colleague of sexual assault and filed a criminal harassment complaint. John Patrick Frey, a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles County, raised questions about plaintiff's allegations on his blog and Twitter account which he maintained in his personal...
- 03/31/2014 - 4:18pm - 0 comments
Date: 07/02/2012
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Subpoena Enforced
Type: Subpoena
Jurisdiction: Virginia
Publication: Social Network
On July 2, 2012, Hadeed Carpet Cleaning, Inc., a Virginia rug cleaning company, filed a complaint for defamation and conspiracy to defame against seven anonymous Yelp reviewers in the Circuit Court for the City of Alexandria. Hadeed claimed these users'...
- 02/25/2014 - 12:33pm - 0 comments
Date: 09/12/2012
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Criminal Charge
Jurisdiction: Texas
Publication: Forum, Social Network
The U.S. government filed three indictments, consisting of seventeen charges, against Barrett Brown, an independent journalist. The charges arose out of Brown's online publication of a link to data obtained by hacktivist collective Anonymous and his alleged subsequent conduct. Anonymous hacked Stratfor,...
- 01/23/2014 - 2:47pm - 0 comments
Date: 08/08/2008
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Injunction Denied, Withdrawn
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
Publication: Forum, Print, Website, Other
According to the complaint, Zack Anderson, RJ Ryan, and Alessandro Chiesa were undergraduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The students claimed to have discovered a vulnerability in the "CharlieCard" and "CharlieTicket" automated fare collection systems used by...
- 01/13/2014 - 3:50pm - 0 comments
Date: 08/20/2012
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Default Judgment
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Nevada
Publication: Website
The defendant, Hunter Moore, founded a now-defunct website at...
- 08/09/2013 - 11:34am - 0 comments
Date: 01/13/2011
Status: Pending
Disposition: Convicted
Type: Criminal Charge
Jurisdiction: Arkansas
Publication:
On January 13, 2011, Daniel Spitler and Andrew Auernheimer were indicted in federal court in New Jersey for their alleged roles in a data breach that resulted in the theft of personal information of approximately 120,000 AT&T customers. They were charged with...
- 08/06/2013 - 10:00am - 0 comments
Date: 05/28/2010
Status:
Disposition: n/a
Type: Criminal Investigation
Jurisdiction: District of Columbia
Publication: Website
James Rosen is a national news journalist for the Fox News Channel. On June 11, 2009, Rosen published an article on www.foxnews.com entitled "North Korea Intends to Match U.N. Resolution with New Nuclear Test." His Gmail email account is referenced...
- 08/05/2013 - 12:35pm - 0 comments
Date: 07/16/2013
Status: Pending
Disposition: Lawsuit Filed
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
Publication: Website
This case arose from the judicial transfer of the copyright in a report entitled "Complaint Review: Richard A. Goren" ("the Report") that was posted on consumer reporting website Ripoff Report on January 31, 2012. The copyright transfer was ordered by a...
- 07/30/2013 - 10:20am - 0 comments
Date: 11/09/2012
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Default Judgment, Injunction Issued
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
Publication: Website
On November 9, 2012, attorney Richard A. Goren filed a complaint in the Superior Court for Suffolk County against John Doe d/b/a Arabianights-Boston, Massachusetts, and Steven DuPont a/k/a Steven Christian DuPont. According to the complaint, on January 31, 2012, defendant Doe...
- 07/30/2013 - 10:17am - 0 comments
Date: 05/01/2013
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Criminal Charge
Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
Publication: Social Network, Other
The plaintiff, an 18-year old who aspires to be a rapper, posted lyrics on his Facebook page referencing the Boston Marathon bombings two weeks after the bombings occurred. D'Ambrosio also posted that the White House was a "federal house of horror." While...
- 07/29/2013 - 5:01pm - 0 comments
Date: 03/13/2013
Status: Pending
Disposition: Dismissed (partial)
Type: Disciplinary Action
Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania
Publication: Social Network
Miguel Rodriguez is a U.S. Navy veteran, who attended Widener University under the G.I. Bill as a student in the Biology Pre-Med Program, and worked as a tutor and Advisor and Operations Manager at the University. In a complaint...
- 07/29/2013 - 4:53pm - 0 comments
Date: 06/04/2012
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
Publication: Website
The plaintiff owns the Plainridge Racecourse, a harness horse-racing track in Plainville, Massachusetts. Thomas Keen maintains the website "NoPlainvilleRacino" which opposes the development of a gaming facility in Plainville, Massachusetts. On April 20, 2012, Ourway Realty d/b/a Plainridge Racecourse sent a ...
- 07/23/2013 - 11:40am - 0 comments
Date: 05/03/2012
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: North Carolina
Publication: Blog
University Behavioral Health of Denton ("UBH") is a private psychiatric hospital in Texas owned by Ascend Health Corporation, where Brenda Wells, a North Carolina resident, was once treated. Dr. Khan is UBH's medical director, while Dr. Kresch is the President and CEO...
- 07/22/2013 - 2:57pm - 0 comments
Date: 06/26/2013
Status: Pending
Disposition: Injunction Issued
Type: Legislation
Jurisdiction: New Jersey
Publication: Website
On May 6, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed P.L. 2013, c.51 § 12 (Bill A3352) into law, which was to be codified as N.J.S.A. § 2C:13-1O and take effect July 1, 2013. The New Jersey law would criminalize...
- 07/18/2013 - 3:10pm - 0 comments
Date: 01/07/2013
Status: Pending
Disposition: Lawsuit Filed
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Texas
Publication: Podcast
In 1996, James Logan applied for a patent for an "an audio program and message distribution system in which a host system organizes and transmits program segments to client subscriber locations." This patent-now held through Logan's company, Personal Audio-was issued...
- 07/16/2013 - 2:22pm - 0 comments
Date: 02/13/2013
Status: Pending
Disposition: Injunction Issued
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Georgia
Publication: Website
Linda Ellis is the author the motivational poem "the Dash" and actively enforces her copyright to this poem. Matthew Chan runs the Extortion Letter Info website (ELI), featuring a message board often used for exposing alleged copyright trolls and "extortion letter schemes."...
- 07/15/2013 - 4:42pm - 1 comments

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