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: 08/17/2006
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Withdrawn
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Connecticut
Publication: Blog
James Boyne created a website about Daniel Choy, a doctor against whom his wife had won a malpractice suit. Choy initially sued for defamation in New York state court. That case was dismissed in April 2006. Choy then sued in Connecticut state...
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Date: 11/11/2006
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Subpoena Enforced
Type: Subpoena
Jurisdiction: Colorado
Publication: Social Network
MySpace provided records subpoenaed by the Boulder County sheriff's department in a criminal libel investigation, commenced after a Colorado woman reported finding pictures of herself on MySpace under a fake profile named "Dirty Whore" that included information indicating that she was interested...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:55pm - 0 comments
Date: 03/22/2007
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Email, Forum
Joanne Yoon filed suit against Jeff Schwilk, the founder of San Diego Minutemen, Sharon Bush, and activist Ray Carney, for defamation over comments and a photograph posted to a password-protected Yahoo group, which implied that she was a prostitute. She also challenged...
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Date: 12/13/2003
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Withdrawn
Type: Criminal Investigation
Jurisdiction: Colorado
Publication: Website
While a student at the University of Northern Colorado, Thomas Mink created a website called the "Howling Pig," which dealt with issues of current interest at the University. Among other things, the website parodied the views of a professor at the University....
- 09/10/2007 - 3:55pm - 0 comments
Date: 05/19/2005
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Default Judgment, Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Blog
Jeff Wald sued Luke Ford and anonymous defendants, claiming that Ford posted (and allowed anonymous users to post) defamatory statements about him on lukeford.net. Wald alleged that various statements and innuendo on the site caused readers to believe that he is deceptive,...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:55pm - 0 comments
Date: 11/30/2006
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Injunction Denied, Material Removed, Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Blog
Paparazzi photo agency, X17, sued celebrity gossip blogger Mario Lavandeira (aka Perez Hilton) for allegedly posting its photographic images without permission. The complaint included claims for copyright infringement and unfair competition under the "hot news" misappropriation theory recognized by the...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:55pm - 0 comments
Date: 04/23/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Blog
In April 2007, five paparazzi photography agencies sued Mario Lavandeira, operator of popular celebrity gossip blog, perezhilton.com, in federal district court in California for allegedly posting their photographic images on his blog without permission. The complaint alleges copyright infringement, unfair competition under...
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Date: 02/20/2007
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Blog
Celebrity gossip blogger, Mario Lavandeira (aka Perez Hilton), posted topless photo of Jennifer Aniston on his blog. Universal City Studios claims that the photo was part of the production or post-production footage for the movie "The Break-Up." Universal filed a copyright infringement...
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Date: 08/04/2005
Status: Concluded
Disposition: n/a
Type: Subpoena
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Blog
An anonymous blogger posted the entire contents of the New York Post's Page Six column on a blog without advertisements. On July 8, 2005, counsel for News America (the parent company of the Post) sent Google (the parent company of Blogger) a...
- 09/10/2007 - 3:55pm - 0 comments
Date: 03/15/2005
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Injunction Issued
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Blog
Permanente Medical Group, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. (Kaiser) sued fomer employee Elisa Cooper in California state court in March 2005. The complaint alleged that Cooper breached a confidentiality agreement and invaded the privacy of Kaiser patients by posting...
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Date: 12/17/1999
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Material Removed, Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Blog
There is little information available about this case. From what CMLP has been able to determine, it appears that Ford posted to his blog photographs of a women having sex with a dog and identified the woman as former Playboy model...
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Date: 07/08/2005
Status: Concluded
Disposition: n/a
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Blog
An anonymous blogger posted the entire contents of the New York Post's Page Six column on a blog without advertisements. On July 8, 2005, counsel for News America (the parent company of the Post) sent Google (the parent company of Blogger) a...
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Date: 03/02/2006
Status: Pending
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Email, Forum, Website
In January 2003, Brent Hanson filed a lawsuit against Glenn Hagele in the Illinois state court. The Illinois court dismissed the case. In May 2005, Hanson published on his website, LasikFraud.com, a letter which purported to be from "ACE Judgment...
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Date: 12/14/1999
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Blog
Laurie Holmes, widow of porn actor John Holmes, sued Luke Ford, operator of a porn industry blog, for posting a statement on his website indicating that she had "turned tricks" on the set of some of her husband's movies. On October...
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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: 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: 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. ...
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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: 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....
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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...
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