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: 11/22/2000
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Forum
Global Telemedia International (GTMI), a publicly traded telecommunications company, sued a number of anonymous users who posted negative comments about the firm and its officers on the financial message board Raging Bull, alleging that the posts constituted trade libel and libel...
- 11/19/2007 - 7:54pm - 0 comments
Date: 04/20/2004
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Settled (total)
Type: Subpoena
Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania
Publication: Forum
Terri and Munir Chavla, operators of a community forum called LocalScoop.net, along with three anonymous users of the site sued Mark Kavakich, the local chief of police, after Kavakich sent them a subpoena seeking the identities of users of the site. According...
- 11/17/2007 - 5:37pm - 0 comments
Date: 04/20/2004
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Settled (total)
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania
Publication: Forum
Terri and Munir Chavla, operators of a community forum called LocalScoop.net, along with three anonymous users of the site sued Mark Kavakich, the local chief of police. According to the lawsuit, Kavakich posted messages on the site threatening to uncover the identities...
- 11/17/2007 - 12:20pm - 0 comments
Date: 07/31/2006
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Material Removed, Withdrawn
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Utah
Publication: Social Network
Sorenson's Ranch School, a rehabilitation center and school for troubled youths in Koosharem, Utah, along with two of its officers filed a defamation lawsuit against MySpace and 10 unknown John Doe defendants claiming that a MySpace page had been set up in...
- 11/16/2007 - 6:36pm - 0 comments
Date: 03/05/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (partial), Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Arizona
Publication: Forum
In March 2007, Children of America, Inc., a childcare provider, sued Ed Magedson and Xcentric Ventures, LLC, the owners and operators of the Ripoff Report website, for defamation in Arizona state court. Ripoff Report is a consumer reporting website that invites consumers...
- 11/15/2007 - 2:54pm - 0 comments
Date: 08/28/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Injunction Issued
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania
Publication: Blog, Website
On Aug. 28, 2007, the U.S. Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit against John Dunkle, an anti-abortion activist from Reading, Pennsylvania, seeking injunctive relief for alleged violations of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act ("FACE"), 18 U.S.C. §...
- 11/15/2007 - 2:08pm - 0 comments
Date: 08/16/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Withdrawn
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: New York
Publication: Blog
In August 2007, Stuart Pivar sued science blogger P.Z. Meyers and Seed Media Group, LLC (SMG) for defamation in federal court in New York. According to the complaint, Pivar is an "industrial, inventor and scientist" who edited a book called Lifecode, which...
- 11/15/2007 - 2:05pm - 0 comments
Date: 10/29/2007
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: Texas
Publication: Blog
On October 29, 2007, a lawyer for the Galveston Independent School District sent a cease-and-desist letter to Sandra Tetley, who operates a "watchdog" blog about the school district called GISD Watch. We have not been able to obtain a copy...
- 11/15/2007 - 2:03pm - 0 comments
Date: 10/10/2003
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Settled (total)
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Website
Sometime in early 2003, an unknown person or persons obtained and reproduced on the Internet copies of an archive of email messages exchanged between employees of Diebold, a manufacturer of electronic voting machines. According to court documents, some emails in the archive...
- 11/14/2007 - 10:27am - 0 comments
Date: 10/23/2007
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: New York
Publication: Blog
Eric Turkewitz is a personal injury attorney who operates a blog. On September 17, 2007, Turkewitz used the Avis and Hertz logos...
- 11/12/2007 - 7:24pm - 0 comments
Date: 02/04/2004
Status: Concluded
Disposition: n/a
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Maine
Publication: Email
In February 2004, Ronald Fitch filed a John Doe lawsuit in state court in Maine based on a fake e-mail that was circulated in his name. According to papers filed in the lawsuit, an anonymous person set up an e-mail account...
- 11/12/2007 - 6:31pm - 0 comments
Date: 10/24/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Material Removed, Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: New York
Publication: Virtual World
Eros, LLC and five other US-based plaintiffs who sell virtual objects in the virtual world known as Second Life filed a lawsuit against Thomas Simon, a New York man who they allege is selling unathorized copies of their objects to...
- 11/12/2007 - 5:09pm - 0 comments
Date: 09/28/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Withdrawn
Type: Other
Jurisdiction: Oregon
Publication: Blog
The Lebanon, Oregon school district has been in turmoil for many years. On August 1, 2007, three members of the school board placed the superintendent on administrative leave pending an investigation. In response, an anonymous blogger going by "Lebanon Truth" ("LT") started...
- 11/12/2007 - 1:48pm - 0 comments
Date: 08/18/1997
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Injunction Denied, Injunction Issued
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Washington
Publication: Website
William A. Sheehan sued a number of credit reporting agencies, including Experian, in federal court in Washington, alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. In that litigation, Experian asserted a counterclaim against Sheehan for defamation, commercial disparagement and other...
- 11/12/2007 - 12:37pm - 0 comments
Date: 08/30/2005
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Texas
Publication: Forum
Robert Sanchez lost an election for City Commissioner in Brownsville, Texas, but kept the forum on his campaign website active after the election. On that forum, users posted allegedly libelous material about Carolyn Lackner Baird, a jewelry store owner connected to Sanchez's...
- 11/12/2007 - 11:55am - 0 comments
Date: 06/04/2007
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania
Publication: Website
In July 2007, Stephanie Lenz sued Universal Music in federal district court in California for claims arising out Universal's sending a DMCA takedown notice to YouTube regarding a video posted by Lenz. According to Lenz's complaint, she posted a video...
- 11/07/2007 - 10:32am - 0 comments
Date: 10/30/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Lawsuit Filed
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: Washington
Publication: Blog, User Comment, Website
Tabatha Marshall runs a blog and website at TabathaMarshall.com, on which she writes about suspicious online job solicitations and so-called "phishing" practices. Part of her site consists of the "PhishBucket," a "directory of companies / individuals suspected of...
- 11/06/2007 - 3:43pm - 2 comments
Date: 01/06/2004
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Lawsuit Filed
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: Virginia
Publication: Website
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) sent a cease-and-desist letter to Andrew Whitehead, claiming that Whitehead had made defamatory statements about the organization on his website. The letter stated that CAIR would file a lawsuit against Whitehead unless Whitehead agreed to...
- 11/04/2007 - 3:37pm - 0 comments
Date: 11/01/2007
Status: Pending
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Florida
Publication: Blog
On November 1, 2007, Internet Solutions, a company that runs a number of employment recruiting and Internet advertising businesses, including VeriResume, sued blogger Tabatha Marshall in federal court in Florida. Marshall runs a blog and website at www.tabathamarshall.com, on which...
- 11/03/2007 - 5:14pm - 2 comments
Date: 07/27/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Lawsuit Filed
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: Canada
Publication: Blog
Blogger Hossein Derakhshan operates two blogs in English and Farsi at www.hoder.com and www.hoder.com/weblog. He wrote a series of blog posts in 2005 criticizing Mohammed Mehdi Khalaji, a fellow at the Washington Instute for Near East Policy. On...
- 10/31/2007 - 12:00pm - 0 comments

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