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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: 09/21/2007
Status:
Disposition: n/a
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: Arizona
Publication: Forum
Justin Leonard of Scottsdale, Arizona publishes three websites: infomercialblog.com, infomercialratings.com, and infomercialscams.com. These websites give consumers the opportunity to voice their criticisms and defenses of various products and services. On September 21, 2007, DirectBuy, a company...
- 10/18/2007 - 9:51am - 1 comments
Date: 09/01/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: n/a
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania
Publication: Blog
Mike Madison and two co-bloggers published Blog-Lebo, which covers matters of local interest in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. In September 2007, Madison posted about a neighborhood dispute that arose when a local homeowner re-landscaped his backyard and blocked (or threatened to block)...
- 10/18/2007 - 9:34am - 0 comments
Date: 05/17/2001
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Lawsuit Filed
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: Texas
Publication: Website
After hearing that the Taubman Company Limited Partnership was building a large shopping mall near his home, Henry Mishkoff created a website and registered a domain name for it at "shopsatwillowbend.com." (Taubman's official website for the mall was located at "theshopsatwillowbend.com" and...
- 10/15/2007 - 4:56pm - 0 comments
Date: 12/23/2006
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Lawsuit Filed
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: Tennessee
Publication: Email
On December 22, 2006, John Oliphant sent a mass email entitled "the Worst Party Guest Ever," in which he made insulting remarks about Ron Coons and accused him of drugging women at a party. The email included a picture of Coons and...
- 10/15/2007 - 2:26pm - 0 comments
Date: 05/24/1995
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: New York
Publication: Forum
In October 1994, an unknown user posted statements on Prodigy's "Money Talk" bulletin board indicating that Stratton Oakmont, Inc., a Long Island securities brokerage firm, and its president, Daniel Porush, had committed criminal and fraudulent acts in connection with the initial public...
- 10/15/2007 - 10:45am - 0 comments
Date: 01/01/1990
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (partial), Withdrawn
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: New York
Publication: Forum
In this landmark internet case, internet service provider Compuserve was absolved from liability for content hosted on its servers. Don Fitzpatrick published a daily newsletter called "Rumorville" that provided news and gossip pieces about the journalism industry and individual reporters. Rumorville...
- 10/15/2007 - 10:42am - 0 comments
Date: 10/12/2007
Status: Pending
Disposition: Lawsuit Filed
Type: Disciplinary Action
Jurisdiction: Virginia
Publication: Social Network
Adam M. Key, a Regent University law student, was suspended from law school for posting on his Facebook profile an unflattering image of the university's president, conservative Christian icon Pat Robertson. In a televised interview, Robertson scratched his...
- 10/13/2007 - 10:28pm - 0 comments
Date: 04/01/2007
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania
Publication: Social Network
In December 2005, Justin Layshock and three other high school students created fake MySpace profiles for their principal, Eric Trosch. The profiles included an official school portrait of Trosch and answers to the website's template questions for creating a profile. Many of...
- 10/12/2007 - 7:44pm - 0 comments
Date: 05/17/2005
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (partial), Settled (total)
Type: Disciplinary Action
Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
Publication: Print, Website
In the fall of 2004, two students at Hudson High School ("HHS") in Hudson, Massachusetts formed a Conservative Club in an effort to provide a forum for pro-conservative views on campus. The HHS Conservative Club was affiliated with a national organization, the...
- 10/10/2007 - 2:40pm - 1 comments
Date: 06/11/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Oklahoma
Publication: Forum
Sometime in 2007, statements appeared on Harold King's forum site, "McAlister Watercooler," questioning the legality of Steve Covington's payday loan business and linking him to a former State Senator who had pled guilty to charges of perjury, conspiracy to obstruct a Federal...
- 10/09/2007 - 5:25pm - 0 comments
Date: 07/15/2004
Status: Pending
Disposition: Dismissed (partial)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: District of Columbia
Publication: Email, Print
Milan Jankovic, aka Philip Zepter, along with two of his businesses, Fieldpoint B.V. and United Business Activities Holding, filed suit against International Crisis Group (ICG), claiming defamation, false light invasion of privacy, and tortious interference with business expectancy. Non-profit ICG publishes newsletters,...
- 10/06/2007 - 2:37pm - 0 comments
Date: 09/19/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Settled (total)
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: Georgia
Publication: Website
Allen Harkleroad was dissatisfied with the installation of a fence he purchased from Lowe's. When Lowe's refused to provide further assistance, Harkleroad launched a "gripe" site, Lowes-sucks.com. On the site, Harkleroad posted photos and text detailing his complaints about the...
- 10/03/2007 - 11:34am - 0 comments
Date: 06/16/2006
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Arizona
Publication: Forum
Best Western International (BWI) is a non-profit organization whose members operate Best Western hotels around the world. In May 2006, the website "www.freewrites.com" was established as a forum for BWI members and "governors" to discuss matters about BWI administration on a confidential...
- 09/26/2007 - 12:02pm - 0 comments
Date: 08/25/2004
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Lawsuit Filed
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Website
Edward Falk operates a spam watchdog website, the "Spam Tracking Page." On the website, Falk indicated that Jerry Reynolds was associated with a number of spamming companies and pornographic websites. On August 24, 2004, Reynolds's lawyer sent Falk a cease-and-desist letter, threatening...
- 09/25/2007 - 8:00pm - 0 comments
Date: 07/30/2004
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Withdrawn
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: North Carolina
Publication: Forum
Alvis Coatings sells coating products, including "Alvis Spray-on Siding". The company filed a John Doe lawsuit in 2004 in North Carolina federal court against ten anonymous defendants, alleging that certain anonymous postings about its products violated the Lanham Act and North...
- 09/24/2007 - 5:04pm - 0 comments
Date: 11/02/2004
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Delaware
Publication: Blog
Using the alias "Proud Citizen," an anonymous commenter posted two statements on the "Smyrna/Clayton Issues Blog," a website sponsored by the Delaware State News. The statements criticized Patrick Cahill, a City Councilman of Smyrna, saying that Cahill was "paranoid" and had undergone...
- 09/20/2007 - 7:23pm - 0 comments
Date: 03/13/2007
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: New York
Publication: Website
On March 13, 2007, Viacom International, which owns, among other properties, Comedy Central, MTV, BET, and Paramount Pictures, sued YouTube and its parent Google for copyright infringement seeking $1 billion in damages. Viacom asserts a number of copyright related claims, including direct...
- 09/20/2007 - 5:28pm - 0 comments
Date: 10/04/2005
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Lawsuit Filed
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: Minnesota
Publication: Website
Gregerson is a photographer who maintains a website containing his professional photographs. Vilana Financial, Inc. used two of Gregerson's pictures without permission in phone-book and web advertisements, and print advertisements in a local Russian-language newspaper. Gregerson discovered Vilana's use of his photographs...
- 09/12/2007 - 7:25pm - 0 comments
Date: 02/23/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Lawsuit Filed
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: Florida
Publication: Website
Larry Giles set up a website called "The Veranda Park News," which covered events in his residential community, aestethic issues in the neighborhood, and commentary. The site contained statements critical of Veranda Partners, LLC, the housing developer of Giles's community. Through its...
- 09/11/2007 - 7:54pm - 0 comments
Date: 07/20/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Withdrawn
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: North Carolina
Publication: Website
On July 20, 2007, Patrick O'Keefe, the operator of the fan site MarianoRivera.com received a letter from SFX Baseball Group, which represents Yankees baseball player, Mariano Rivera. The letter asserted that the site's use of the domain name, marianorivera.com, violates the...
- 09/10/2007 - 4:16pm - 0 comments

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