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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: 03/01/1994
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Ohio
Publication: Email
Brock Meeks published a story about Suarez Corporation, a direct-mail company, in his electronic newsletter -- the "CyberWire Dispatch." The story included statements that one of the company's internet offerings was a "scam," and that the owner of the company was "infamous...
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Date: 08/16/2005
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Withdrawn
Type: Criminal Investigation
Jurisdiction: Oklahoma
Publication: Forum
Harold King runs the forum site "McAlester Watercooler," which he describes as a forum for citizens of McAlester, Oklahoma to "voice their views about the on-going City events." In August 2005, former state senator Gene Stipe filed a police report...
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Date: 06/01/2000
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Verdict (plaintiff)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: North Dakota
Publication: Email, Website
In the fall of 1998, Miskin enrolled in a University of North Dakota (UND) physics class taught by Professor John Wagner. Wagner claims that Miskin sent him harassing and sexually explicit email messages and made false statements about him professionally and personally....
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Date: 06/20/2005
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Criminal Charge
Jurisdiction: Ohio
Publication: Blog, Email
Elsebeth Baumgartner and Bryan DuBois co-ran a blog called "Erie Voices," which posted articles and commentary alleging misconduct about local officials in a number of counties in Ohio. In June 2005, Baumgartner and Dubois were indicted in Cuyahoga County court for intimidation, retaliation, and...
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Date: 02/16/2005
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: North Dakota
Publication: Website
Edward Falk operates a spam watchdog website. On his website, Falk indicated that Jerry Reynolds was associated with a number of spamming companies and pornographic websites. Falk also allegedly stated that Reynolds engaged in a pyramid scam and other illegal or dishonest...
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Date: 06/14/2005
Status: Pending
Disposition: Dismissed (partial), Injunction Issued, Verdict (plaintiff)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: North Dakota
Publication: Forum, Website
Sierra Corporate Design ("Sierra"), a self-described "specialized Internet service provider and web hosting provider," sued Ed Falk, an anti-spam campaigner and operator of the "Spam Tracking Page," and David Ritz, a member of one of Falk's Usenet groups, in North Dakota state...
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Date: 01/22/2004
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: New York
Publication: Blog
James Sollami, the former Town Supervisor of Cornwall, New York, sued blogger Tom Sheppard for libel in New York state court in 2004. Sheppard operates a website called "Cornball-Local.com," which deals with local politics. Sollami objected to 27 statements made on the...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 04/20/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Withdrawn
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: North Carolina
Publication: Broadcast, Website
According to a local police report, Ronald Price, a school board member, took a number of campaign signs supporting democratic congressional incumbent, Brad Miller, and put them in the trunk of his car. The county democratic party, which owned the signs, did...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 07/28/2003
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (partial), Material Removed, Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: North Dakota
Publication: Email, Website
Patrick Atkinson is the founder and executive director of the God's Child Project, a charitable organization that provides health and medical care, food, and education to children in Guatamala. Dr. James McLaughlin and Roberta McLaughlin volunteered for the God's...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 03/12/2004
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: New York
Publication: Website
Penn Warranty contracts with individuals to provide service warranties on used cars. On May 20, 2000, Penn Warranty provided DeGiovanni a "standard warranty" for a used truck in New Jersey, where he lived at the time. DeGiovanni filed a claim under the...
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Date: 01/26/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Material Removed, Withdrawn
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: New York
Publication: Website
Bestselling author Ellen Fein created gripe site about her former dentist, Larry Rosenthal, on which she made negative comments about his work. In January 2007, Rosenthal sued Fein for defamation in New York state court.  According to the New York Supreme Court...
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Date: 02/14/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total), Subpoena Quashed
Type: Subpoena
Jurisdiction: New York
Publication: Blog
The blog "Orthomom" is operated anonymously. Comments critical of Pamela Greenbaum, a Lawrence, Long Island School Board member, appeared on the blog in January 2007. Greenbaum objected to both primary blog content and a user comment. In February 2007, Greenbaum filed a...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 08/06/2003
Status: Pending
Disposition: Dismissed (partial), Injunction Denied
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: New York
Publication: Website
NXIVM provides a course manual for the paid subscribers of its exclusive and expensive seminar training program, "Executive Success." The course manual contains a copyright notice on almost every page and all seminar participants sign non-disclosure agreements, purporting to bar them from...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 01/30/2006
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: New York
Publication: Blog
A New York news station broadcast a report on Citywide Sewer & Drain focusing on customer complaints. Angelo Carusone, who had worked a summer job at Citywide, made comments on his blog under the title, "Citywide Really Is Shittywide." Citywide sued Carusone...
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Date: 07/25/2001
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total), Subpoena Quashed
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: New Jersey
Publication: Forum
Stephen Moldow established the website "Eye on Emerson" in late 1999. He posted information about local government activities, including minutes of meetings of the borough council, planning board and board of education. Public opinion polls were conducted on the site, which included...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 06/25/2004
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Withdrawn
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: New Jersey
Publication: Broadcast, Forum, Website
Landmark Education is a for-profit company engaged in the business of making "education programs" available to the general public and corporations, on subjects including communication, time management, and productivity. Its basic program is "The Forum" -- a three day/one evening seminar...
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Date: 04/28/2006
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Minnesota
Publication: Blog
Michael Brodkorb runs the blog, "Minnesota Democrats Exposted" (MDE), which is dedicated to discussing of the activities, statements, and tactics of Minnesota democrats. On December 28, 2005, MDE reported that Hubert Humphrey, a Senior Counselor for New Communications, Inc., a public relations...
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Date: 08/11/2005
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Nevada
Publication: Blog
In August 2005, Software Development and Investment of Nevada ("Software Development"), a Nevada corporation in the business of "internet advertising and internet placement optimization" under the name Traffic-Power.com, sued Aaron Wall and an unknown number of anonymous users of Wall's blog for...
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Date: 03/27/2006
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Verdict (plaintiff)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Minnesota
Publication: Print, 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...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 1 comments
Date: 04/14/2006
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Withdrawn
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Maine
Publication: Blog
Lance Dutson operates a blog, the "Maine Web Report." Beginning in February 2006, he published a series of posts that were critical of the Maine Department of Tourism and Warren Kremer Paino Advertising LLC ("Warren Kremer"), an advertising agency that had worked...
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