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: 01/11/2011
Status: Pending
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Nevada
Publication: Forum
Righthaven LLC, a Las Vegas company associated with Las Vegas Review-Journal owner Stephens Media LLC, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Wayne Hoehn.  Righthaven alleged that Hoehn copied an article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal without permission and posted it...
- 03/08/2011 - 1:47pm - 0 comments
Date: 03/04/2011
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction:
Publication: Blog, Website
The letter sent from Wrink a Bull Kennels is a Cease and Desist order for what she calls malicious and comments that are slander.All of the comments made on the BLOG and to the Department are accurate and supported by medical documentation....
- 03/04/2011 - 1:52pm - 0 comments
Date: 01/10/2011
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Florida
Publication: Forum
On January 9, 2009, Plaintiff Roger Nicosia navigated his boat into a dive area and ran over diver Robert Murphy (“Murphy”). The boat’s propellers sliced through Murphy’s legs, resulting in amputation of both legs below the knee. The collision was...
- 03/01/2011 - 1:27pm - 0 comments
Date: 10/06/2010
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Nevada
Publication: Blog
Righthaven LLC, a Las Vegas company associated with Las Vegas Review-Journal owner Stephens Media LLC, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Bill Hyatt, a New York blogger.  Righthaven alleged that Hyatt copied an article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal without permission...
- 02/24/2011 - 11:48am - 0 comments
Date: 09/07/2010
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Verdict (plaintiff)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: New Jersey
Publication:
On September 7, 2010, Dominic Morgan filed a request for a declaratory action stating that Drs. Herbert Nevyas and Dr. Anita Nevyas-Wallace, two Pennsylvania LASIK surgeons, were in violation of the reverse domain name hijacking provisions of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act...
- 02/15/2011 - 4:08pm - 0 comments
Date: 12/17/2010
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Virginia
Publication: Blog, Forum, Website
Virginia Psychologist Ronald S. Federici is suing multiple parties from multiple states (Florida, New Jersey, Nebraska, Colorado) for defamation, conspiracy, and tortious interference. Defendants are authors of blogs, forum comments, and websites that were critical of his writings and practices. Plaintiff has...
- 01/05/2011 - 1:28pm - 4 comments
Date: 12/20/2010
Status: Pending
Disposition: Injunction Issued
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: New York
Publication: Blog
The current lawsuit was filed in NY on Dec 13 2010, and Hindle filed a motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction. The court returned the motion claiming it had been improperly filed and issued a default judgment on December 20,...
- 01/03/2011 - 9:59am - 2 comments
Date: 03/04/2010
Status: Pending
Disposition: Dismissed (partial)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: New York
Publication: Forum
Glenn Reit, a Manhattan dentist, sued Yelp! and John Doe (Michael S.) for defamation and Yelp! for deceptive acts and practices under New York’s General Business Law § 349 and § 350.  According to his complaint, as of May 2009, Dr....
- 12/06/2010 - 1:49pm - 0 comments
Date: 01/27/2009
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Nevada
Publication: Website
North Summit Company, LLC has sued Edward L. Petersen for publishing anonymous comments on ApartmentRatings.com. Plaintiffs have submitted no proof that Defendant is the party responsible for the postings, many of which were published as many as five years before Defendant...
- 11/18/2010 - 5:18pm - 0 comments
Date: 07/09/2010
Status:
Disposition: Material Removed
Type: Criminal Charge
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Website
The nature of the threat is a secret, known only to judge A. Howard Matz and Agent Smith.The complaint was on July 9, 2010. The site was removed on or about October 7, 2010. ...
- 11/18/2010 - 12:33am - 0 comments
Date: 08/10/2010
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Nevada
Publication: Forum
On August 10, 2010, Righthaven LLC, a Las Vegas company associated with Las Vegas Review-Journal owner Stephens Media LLC, filed a copyright infringement...
- 09/28/2010 - 3:39pm - 0 comments
Date: 08/26/2010
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Florida
Publication: Social Network
Florida attorney Larry Joe Davis, Jr. filed a complaint in Florida state court against Avvo, Inc.  Avvo operates a website, www.avvo.com, that serves as a social networking site for attorneys and doctors.  The site also allows members of the public to...
- 08/31/2010 - 3:23pm - 0 comments
Date: 09/15/2009
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Oklahoma
Publication: Micro-blog
On September 15, 2009, natural gas distributor Oneok Inc. sued Twitter, Inc. in federal court in Oklahoma for direct and contributory trademark infringement.  Oneok's claims were based on a third party's registration and use of the Twitter handle "Oneok" to send tweets...
- 08/20/2010 - 2:36pm - 0 comments
Date: 08/04/2010
Status: Pending
Disposition: Lawsuit Filed
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Forum
Plaintiff filed suit just before the statute of limitations ran, alleging defamation after Plaintiff, a public figure, was referred to as a "grifter" in a forum post in August 2009. Plaintiff is a very wealthy individual who took similar action to...
- 08/17/2010 - 1:54pm - 0 comments
Date: 07/01/2010
Status: Concluded
Disposition: n/a
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction:
Publication:
On July 1, 2010, Drs. Herbert Nevyas and Dr. Anita Nevyas-Wallace, two Pennsylvania LASIK surgeons, filed requests for arbitration under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy ("UDRP") with the National Arbitration Forum ("NAF"), seeking the transfer of the domain names NevyasLasik.com, HerbertNevyasLasik.com, and...
- 08/05/2010 - 4:15pm - 1 comments
Date: 06/30/2010
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Illinois
Publication: Other
On June 30, 2010, GateHouse Media, Inc., a publisher of local newspapers around the country, sued That's Great News, LLC (TGN), in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleged breach...
- 08/05/2010 - 2:27pm - 0 comments
Date: 06/02/2010
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Illinois
Publication: Website
On June 2, 2010, Michael Fitzgerald, owner of Chicago's All Fields of Concrete Construction, filed a defamation lawsuit against Helen Maslona in Illinois state court.  The lawsuit seeks $10,000 in damages and court costs. According to news reports, the lawsuit is...
- 07/12/2010 - 12:06pm - 0 comments
Date: 04/20/2010
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: North Carolina
Publication: Blog
In April 2010, Thomas S. Hester, Jr., a former Vance County commissioner running for reelection, sued 20 John Does for defamation in North Carolina Superior Court over comments appearing on the Home in Henderson blog. The comments in question were...
- 07/09/2010 - 2:32pm - 0 comments
Date: 04/08/2010
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Subpoena Enforced
Type: Subpoena
Jurisdiction: North Carolina
Publication: Blog
On April 8, 2010, attorneys for former Vance County commissioner Thomas S. Hester, Jr. served a subpoena on Jason A. Feingold, editor of the Home in Henderson blog, commanding him to appear for a deposition and to turn over identifying...
- 07/09/2010 - 2:25pm - 0 comments
Date: 05/14/2009
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Settled (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Alabama
Publication: Website
On May 14, 2009, Confederate Motors filed a lawsuit in federal district court against Gawker Media, Jalopnik.com, Grant Ray, and Wes Siler for statements in an article titled "Confederate Motorcycles: MotoTerminators Come to Life," published online at Jalopnik.com on April 9, 2009....
- 07/07/2010 - 3:52pm - 0 comments

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