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: 01/07/2010
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Print, Website
In January 2010, George Logan, City Attorney for Patterson, California, filed a lawsuit against John Doe defendants individually and collectively referring to themselves as "Fred Ross" over statements appearing on the Patterson IrriTator website and in comments posted...
- 03/08/2010 - 1:51pm - 0 comments
Date: 01/22/2010
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Subpoena Quashed
Type: Subpoena
Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania
Publication: Forum
William McVicker subpoenaed Trib Total Media, publisher of the South Hills Record and YourSouthHills.com, for "information that would disclose the true identities" of the users of seven identified screen names. McVicker, the plaintiff in an employment discrimination case, sought the identities of the...
- 03/08/2010 - 1:24pm - 0 comments
Date: 08/06/2009
Status:
Disposition: n/a
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Blog
On August 6, 2009, the Office of General Counsel at UCLA sent Tom Wilde a cease and desist letter alleging that his website, Weeding 101 at UCLA, infringed and diluted the University's registered trademark in the letters "UCLA" and that use of the...
- 03/04/2010 - 6:55pm - 0 comments
Date: 08/01/2009
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Lawsuit Filed
Type: Disciplinary Action
Jurisdiction: Georgia
Publication: Social Network
In August 2009, the Barrow County School District allegedly forced Apalachee High School English teacher Ashley Payne to resign over postings on her Facebook page.  Apparently, the school objected to photos from Payne's vacation to Europe showing her holding wine and...
- 03/04/2010 - 4:25pm - 0 comments
Date: 05/22/2008
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Forum
In 2008, Dunne, the owner of a motorcycle repair shop in Santa Barbara sued Lara, a former customer, who published statements about the shop on DucatiSpot, a forum for Ducati motorcyle enthusiasts.  According to court documents, Lara allegedly posted comments...
- 03/03/2010 - 7:00pm - 0 comments
Date: 06/12/2009
Status: Pending
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Michigan
Publication: Website
In June 2009, Career Agents Network (CAN), a company in the recruiting industry, sued the domain registrant of two domain names associated with a gripe site about the company. Lawrence R. White, the registrant, created the gripe site and registered the domain...
- 03/03/2010 - 5:54pm - 0 comments
Date: 02/23/2010
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Forum
Cats and Dogs Animal Hospital, Inc., a veterinary practice in Long Beach, California, brought a class action lawsuit against Yelp! Inc. in California federal court, alleging violations of California unfair competition law. The complaint, filed on February 23, 2010, claims that Yelp!...
- 03/03/2010 - 4:19pm - 0 comments
Date: 12/12/2009
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: New York
Publication: Blog
On December 12, 2009, Matthew Brian Proman and NAPW, Inc. (d/b/a National Association of Professional Women) sued Google, Inc. and 10 John Doe defendants in New York state court, asserting claims for "misappropriation of Plaintiffs' names for trade and advertising purposes" and...
- 02/25/2010 - 3:41pm - 0 comments
Date: 03/18/2008
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: New York
Publication: Forum
In March 2008, a New York real estate broker filed a defamation lawsuit against The Real Estate Group of New York, Inc. over comments appearing on its website's message board. The Supreme Court of New York, New York County, denied the real...
- 02/23/2010 - 5:52pm - 0 comments
Date: 10/01/2009
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Subpoena Quashed
Type: Subpoena
Jurisdiction: New York
Publication: Website
In October 2009, an Orange County grand jury subpoenaed The (Chester) Chronicle for information about the identities of two anonymous posters to its website. The comments in question related to the controversial tenure of Helen Anne Livingston, the Chester schools...
- 02/23/2010 - 5:06pm - 0 comments
Date: 03/11/2009
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California
Publication: Blog
In March 2009, MagicJack, LP, the maker of an Internet telephone device and subscription service, sued the parent company of Boing Boing over a blog post by Rob Beschizza criticizing MagicJack's End-User Licensing Agreement (EULA) and various aspects of its...
- 02/23/2010 - 4:34pm - 0 comments
Date: 12/01/2009
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Dismissed (total)
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: New Jersey
Publication: Forum
In December 2009, Apex Technology Group, Inc. and its principal Sarvesh Kumar Dharayan filed a lawsuit for defamation against John Does 1-10 and ABC Corporations 1-10 in New Jersey state court.  On December 3, 2009, Apex and Dharayan filed a motion for...
- 02/18/2010 - 5:43pm - 0 comments
Date: 01/01/2010
Status: Concluded
Disposition: Material Removed
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction:
Publication: Blog
In late January 2010, iStockphoto sent a DMCA takedown notice to Tumblr, requesting that it to take down photos hosted on Awkward Stock Photos, a Tumblr blog of funny stock photo images found by users on...
- 02/16/2010 - 7:04pm - 0 comments
Date: 02/01/2010
Status: Pending
Disposition: Material Removed
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: Florida
Publication: Blog
On February 1, 2010, counsel for  Miami City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff sent a demand letter to blogger Tom Falco, who publishes the Coconut Grove Grapevine.  The letter claimed that an anonymous comment to the site was false and defamatory. The...
- 02/16/2010 - 6:28pm - 0 comments
Date: 01/28/2010
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: Ohio
Publication: Website
Susan Gwinn, former chairwoman of the Athens County, Ohio Democratic Party sent a demand letter to Nate Nelson, an Ohio University student, demanding that he retract a letter to the editor published on The Athens NEWS website. In...
- 02/16/2010 - 5:58pm - 0 comments
Date: 02/12/2010
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction:
Publication: Blog
In February 2010, Conde Nast Publications sent an email to freelance journalist and blogger Barry Estabrook asking him to remove articles posted on his blog, Politics of the Plate.  Estabrook originally wrote the articles in question for publication in Gourmet...
- 02/16/2010 - 5:00pm - 0 comments
Date: 11/10/2009
Status: Pending
Disposition: n/a
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: Maryland
Publication: Blog
John Robinson, a local business owner in Salisbury, Maryland, filed a defamation lawsuit against Joe Albero, rthe blogger who operates the Salisbury News. Robinson claimed that Albero harassed his family and published defamatory statements about them on his blog.  The...
- 02/11/2010 - 3:52pm - 0 comments
Date: 10/08/2009
Status: Pending
Disposition: Withdrawn
Type: Correspondence
Jurisdiction: Michigan
Publication: Website
In October 2009, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) sent a cease-and-desist letter to the publisher of AFTexposed.com, claiming that the website's domain name violated the AFT's trademark rights and the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution...
- 02/09/2010 - 5:39pm - 0 comments
Date: 09/24/2009
Status: Pending
Disposition: Subpoena Quashed
Type: Subpoena
Jurisdiction: California, Pennsylvania
Publication: Forum
In August 2009, USA Technologies, Inc. sued two "John Doe" defendants in Pennsylvania federal court over critical comments posted on the Yahoo! Finance message board dedicated to the company. According to EFF, the pseudonymous commenters criticized what they claim is the consistently...
- 02/09/2010 - 4:15pm - 0 comments
Date: 08/27/2009
Status: Pending
Disposition: Subpoena Quashed
Type: Lawsuit
Jurisdiction: California, Pennsylvania
Publication: Forum
In August 2009, USA Technologies, Inc. sued two "John Doe" defendants in Pennsylvania federal court over critical comments posted on the Yahoo! Finance message board dedicated to the company. According to EFF, the pseudonymous commenters criticized what they claim is the consistently...
- 02/09/2010 - 4:07pm - 0 comments

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