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: 03/24/2006
Status: Pending
Disposition: Settled (partial)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Forum
A group of former school employees started a website called Guajome Underground to rally school students, parents, and current and former employees to remove the school superintendent. The school claims that it discovered numerous instances of unauthorized access to a school database...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:55pm - 0 comments
Date: 05/01/2004
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Website
Jonathan Sykes is a professor and practitioner of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. He performed a series of facial cosmetic procedures on Georgette Gilbert in February 2003. Gilbert was unhappy with the results....
- 09/10/2007 - 3:55pm - 0 comments
Date: 11/21/2005
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Blog
Andrew Left published a website called StockLemon, on which he blogged about stocks that he considered "lemons." He made comments on his blog that were critical of GTX Global Corp, and GTX sued, claiming that he made defamatory statements about it in...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:55pm - 0 comments
Date: 06/02/2000
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Blog
Stephen M. Cohen sued Luke Ford for defamation over Ford's blog coverage of a lawsuit brought against Cohen by another party. The case settled in February 2001. ...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:55pm - 0 comments
Date: 12/13/2004
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Subpoena Quashed, Withdrawn
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Website
On December 13, 2004, Apple filed suit against unknown defendants for misappropriation and publication of trade secrets in connection with reports about its "Asteroid" product (a FireWire audio interface for Apple's GarageBand) that appeared on Apple-related news sites, PowerPage, AppleInsider, and ThinkSecret....
- 09/10/2007 - 3:55pm - 0 comments
Date: 03/14/2006
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Social Network
The owner of the Chicks Sporting Goods chain, which has stores in Southern California, sued James Kuziw for defamation over content on his MySpace page. Later, Chicks Sporting Goods Inc. was added as a plaintiff, and another defendant was named. The defendants...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:55pm - 0 comments
Date: 01/04/2005
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Blog
DePlume's blog, Think Secret, published a report about a new $500 monitor-less iMac, new iWork software, and the price and features of the Mac Mini days before MacWorld 2005. In January 2005, Apple sued DePlume and his company for misappropriation of trade...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:55pm - 0 comments
Date: 03/15/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Arizona
Publication: Blog, Email, Forum, Print
The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company sued David Clabuesch a Michigan probate judge, and his company, ThumbCo, for breach of contract and defamation relating to actions and statements Clabuesch allegedly made concerning an antique car the company sold for him. Barrett-Jackson claims in its...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:55pm - 0 comments
Date: 11/20/2006
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total), Subpoena Quashed
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Arizona
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 very...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:55pm - 0 comments
Date: 10/24/2006
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Arkansas
Publication: Print, Website
Sandy Romen, a detective in the Saline County Sheriff's office sued the operator of a website, philmask.com (now defunct), that criticized the operations of the Saline County Sherriff, Phil Mask. Romen sued over an article that originally ran in the...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:55pm - 0 comments
Date: 08/24/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: New Jersey
Publication: Blog
Two brothers from New Jersey, Mark and Matthew D'Avella, spent the summer working for the A&P supermarket in Califon, New Jersey. They made the best of what could have been a boring situation by creating parodic rap songs with supermarket themes under...
- 08/30/2007 - 4:30pm - 0 comments

Pages