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: 10/06/2006
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total), Subpoena Quashed
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
Publication: Website
Paul McMann, a Massachusetts real estate developer, sued the anonymous operator of an Internet "gripe site" about him. The website contained a photograph of Mr. McMann, the statement that he "turned lives upside down," and a suggestion to "be afraid, be...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 03/08/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Material Removed, Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Kentucky
Publication: Blog
Anthony and Sheri Huff, a Kentucky businessman and his wife, sued Mark Nickolas, a political blogger, for defamation after he implied in a blog post that they bought dismissal of an alleged felony indictment by contributing to the Kentucky Republican Party and...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 05/18/2004
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total), Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Maine
Publication: Website
The Gentle Wind Project ("GWP") was a "spiritual-healing" group that produced and distributed what it characterized as "healing instruments" based on designs communicated from "the spirit world." Husband and wife, James Bergin and Judy Garvey, left the group and started a web...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 04/06/2006
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total), Settled (partial)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Indiana
Publication: Print, Website
On February 21, 2006, Austrian politician Peter Pilz posted comments on his (Austrian) website about Glock pistols making their way to the black market in Turkey. Der Standard, a German-language newspaper, reported on Pilz's statements in its print and online editions. On...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 09/12/2005
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Withdrawn
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Illinois
Publication: Website
Dean Kantis published critical statements about St. George Corrective Vision and his opthamologist Nicholas Caro on his website, Life After Lasik. In September 2005, St. George and Caro sued Kantis for defamation and false light invasion of privacy, claiming, among other...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 2 comments
Date: 09/06/2005
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Withdrawn
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Illinois
Publication: Blog
Blogger Carl Nyberg filed a complaint against local school board president and lawyer Emanuel Welch with the state Attorney Registration and Discipline Commission, claiming that Welch violated conflict of interest rules by voting to hire his brother Bill Welch as a custodian...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 05/03/2007
Status: Pending
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Illinois
Publication: Website
In May 2007, the Save-A-Life Foundation sued three critics of Henry Heimlich and his famous first-aid procedure, the Heimlich maneuver. Among the defendants is Peter Heimlich, Henry's son, who maintains the website "Outmaneuvered." The other defendants are Robert Baratz, an official of...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 20 comments
Date: 06/29/2005
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Withdrawn
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Georgia
Publication: Blog
In June 2005, Fisher & Phillips LLP, an Atlanta employment law firm, sued 5 anonymous bloggers for defamation, false light invasion of privacy, and interference with business and contractual relations. The complaint did not identify the allegedly defamatory statements with any specificity...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 04/12/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: n/a
Type: Subpoena
Jurisdiction: Georgia
Publication: Blog
The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NBCE) obtained an administrative subpoena issued pursuant to section 512(h) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, requesting that Earthlink disclose the identity of an Earthlink subscriber who posted comments anonymously to the Tab and...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 05/24/2006
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Florida
Publication: Social Network
There is little information available about this case, but it appears that high school student Douglas Miller posted sexually demeaning statements alongside high school teacher Lee Waters's photograph on MySpace (it is not clear whether Miller also posted the photograph or just...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 06/16/2004
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Verdict (plaintiff)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Georgia
Publication: Forum
David Milum, upset with his lawyer Rafe Banks over the handling of a prior case, demanded that Banks pay back the $3,000 in fees he had received. When Banks refused, Milum posted entries on the Forsyth County Political Forum, a...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 12/31/2003
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Default Judgment
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Florida
Publication: Forum
Carey Bock hired Sue Scheff's company, Parents Universal Resource Experts (PURE) which provides referral services for families of teenagers with behavioral problems, to help withdraw her sons from a boarding school in Costa Rica. Scheff put Bock in touch with a consultant,...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 03/09/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Florida
Publication: Website
Larry Giles set up a website called "The Veranda Park News," which covered events in his residential community, aesthetic issues in the neighborhood, and commentary. Allegedly, his site included statements to the effect that the housing developer of his community, Veranda Partners,...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 08/25/2006
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Withdrawn
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Florida
Publication: Blog
Frank Vance wrote about Ligonier Ministries and its president, Timothy Dick, on his blog, Contending for the Truth. Statements on Vance's blog allegedly called into question Mr. Dick's ethics and qualifications for his position at Ligonier Ministries. In August 2006, the...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 05/02/2003
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Injunction Issued, Withdrawn
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Florida
Publication: Blog
Tucker Max maintains a website detailing his sexual exploits with women. He had a relationship with former Miss Vermont, Katy Johnson, and put the entire story on his website under the title, the "Miss Vermont Story." Johnson sued Max in...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 1 comments
Date: 03/24/2006
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Florida
Publication: Website
Peter Siskind hired Lexington Homes to build a house for him in Hernando County, Florida. The business relationship between Siskind and Lexington deteriorated, and Siskind created a "gripe site" (www.badLexingtonhomesinc.net). The home page of the website stated: "This website...
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Date: 08/23/2006
Status: Pending
Disposition: Injunction Issued
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Florida
Publication: Blog
Kristen Rhoad posted statements on her blog accusing her ex-husband Phil Haberman of abuse and of falsifying his military experience. Sometime in 2006, Haberman sued Rhoad to have the blog removed after the postings were noted in other blogs and newspapers. The...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 03/29/2006
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Florida
Publication: Email, Verbal
Former city manager of Venice, Florida, George Hunt, sued VeniceFlorida.com writer John Patten and local resident Sylvia Parrish for defamation. Hunt had left his post in January 2004 after environmental violations by the city utilities department surfaced. Hunt claims in his lawsuit...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 04/27/2005
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Florida, Connecticut
Publication: Website
Joel Bell is an agent for numerous professional athletes in the NBA and elsewhere. Prerak Shah's website, Draftcity.com, specialized in reporting on the prospects of potential draftees of the NBA. Jonathan Givony was a reporter and writer for DraftCity focusing on scouting...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 05/16/2005
Status: Pending
Disposition: Dismissed (partial)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: District of Columbia
Publication: Blog
For two weeks in May 2004, Jessica Cutler, a blogger and aide to Ohio Senator Michael DeWine, posted details of her sex life on her blog, The Washingtonienne (now defunct), including her relationship with Robert Steinbuch (using his initials, "RS"),...
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