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Los Angeles real estate developer Barry Shy and his development company, 5th St Loft, have sued Jessica Jordan and Alan
Dylan, who reside in a building developed by Shy and run the
website Truedowntown, the "unofficial" site for the Shybary Grand Loft in Los Angeles. The lawsuit, which plaintiffs filed on June 17, 2008, claims that Jordan and Dylan libeled Shy and damaged his businesses by making disparaging comments about him.
In what would have been the first case to test Illinois' newly enacted Citizen Participation Act,
which provides immunity for speech related to certain matters of
government and public concern, the parties settled before a court could interpret this important addition to the growing list of state anti-SLAPP laws.
TechCrunch is reporting that Apple and Think Secret have settled their longstanding trade secrets dispute. Here's the kicker: under the terms of the agreement, Think Secret will cease operations. Think Secret issued a statement:
As anyone who follows the celebrity rags already knows, a California judge dealt a mortal blow to Samantha Ronson's libel suit againt litigation-magnet Mario Lavandeira (aka Perez Hilton) two weeks ago. Sadly, we've missed the scoop on this one, but I do have a copy of the transcript of the court's November 1st ruling. Surely the gossip hounds among you won't mind if I delve into the details a little.
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