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: 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Disposition: Withdrawn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: 05/31/2006
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania
Publication: Forum
Todd Hollis objected to the description posted about him on DontDateHimGirl.com, a website that allows women to post about men and warn other women about them. Mr. Hollis sued Tasha Joseph/Cunningham, the operator of the website, alleging defamation in Pennsylvania state court,...
- 09/10/2007 - 4:16pm - 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
Date: 05/08/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Material Removed, Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Website
Krowne operates The Mortgage Lender Implode-O-Meter (ml-implode.com, mortgageimplode.com), a Web site that posts information about mortgage lending companies that have gone out of business or are expected to go out of business. On April 18, 2007, Krowne posted an e-mail from an...
- 09/10/2007 - 4:16pm - 0 comments
Date: 08/07/2001
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Injunction Denied, Injunction Issued, Withdrawn
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Michigan
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...
- 09/10/2007 - 4:04pm - 2 comments
Date: 09/19/2006
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Lawsuit Filed, Settled (total)
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Website
On September 18, 2006, Lou Cabron, a contributor to the webzine, "10 Zen Monkeys," wrote an article about Michael Crook, the operator of "craigslist-perverts.org," a website that publicized responses to fake personal advertisements posted on Craigslist. In the article, Cabron posted a...
- 09/10/2007 - 4:04pm - 0 comments
Date: 07/18/2007
Status: Pending
Disposition: Injunction Issued
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Nevada
Publication: Social Network, Website
Xyience Inc., a manufacturer of energy drinks and supplements, sued Rich Bergeron in Nevada state court over statements posted on his MySpace.com page and website, unlimitedfightnews.com. According to the complaint, Bergeron posted an article to his MySpace page that contained allegations that...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:59pm - 0 comments
Date: 02/27/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Withdrawn
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: Tennessee
Publication: Blog
Katherine Coble posted information on her blog relating to her husband's personal experience with JL Kirk Associates, a job placement company. In the posting, Coble criticized the company's "interview process" and made other statements about the company and its recruitment tactics. A...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:59pm - 0 comments
Date: 04/18/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Florida
Publication: Website
Michael Morgan is a real estate broker and consultant, who sold or placed under contract several homes in Lennar Pacific developments in Florida, and who also owned a home in one of Lennar's developments. He and Lennar became embroiled in a bitter...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:59pm - 0 comments
Date: 05/10/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Withdrawn
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Forum
On May 10, 2007, a user on the FreeRepublic forum posted that he had heard on a XM Satellite Radio talk show that DNC Chairman Howard Dean had called Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius asking her to politicize the recovery effort from a...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:59pm - 0 comments
Date: 12/18/2003
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Settled (total)
Type: Disciplinary Action
Jurisdiction: New Jersey
Publication: Website
For approximately a week in early April 2003, Ryan Dwyer, then an eighth grade student, maintained a website called "I Hate Maple Place" that included a forum. Dwyer, who hosted the site on his home computer, used the site to criticize his...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:59pm - 0 comments
Date: 07/18/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: n/a
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Blog
The Chicago Department of Public Health released a Winter 2006 report regarding a “cluster” of HIV and other STD outbreaks at a Chicago apartment building. The report noted that the outbreaks were associated with Flavaworks, an Internet pornography company that had used...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:59pm - 0 comments
Date: 07/13/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: n/a
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: Colorado
Publication: Blog
On his blog "Wash Park Prophet," Andrew Oh-Willeke wrote a post entitled "Mr. Trademark Abuse" about Leo Stoller, an entrepreneur who has litigated a number of trademark infringement claims asserting rights in the word "stealth." (According to the...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:59pm - 0 comments
Date: 06/19/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Injunction Denied, Withdrawn
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Florida
Publication: Forum, Website
Crowley runs www.mortgagefraudwatchlist.org, a part-free, part-subscription database of mortgage fraud reports and information. She also is a moderator of AppraisersForum.com, a message board for mortgage appraisers. Crowley wrote posts on both sites criticizing eAppraiseIT, a mortgage appraisal management company. Her posts allegedly...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:59pm - 0 comments
Date: 07/12/2007
Status: Pending
Disposition: Dismissed (total), Settled (partial)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Blog
Samantha Ronson, a prominent DJ and friend of movie star Lindsey Lohan, sued popular celebrity blogger Mario Lavandeira (aka Perez Hilton) and others for libel in California state court in June 2007. According to Ronson's complaint, the online magazine "Celebrity Babylon"...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:59pm - 0 comments
Date: 07/03/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Material Removed, Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Florida
Publication: Virtual World
Eros, LLC has created adult entertainment products in the virtual world Second Life, which it sells to other Second Life users for Linden dollars, which can be converted into US dollars. Another Second Life user, with avatar name "Volkov Catteneo," allegedly copied...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:59pm - 0 comments

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