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Washington Appeals Court Refuses to Compel Unmasking of Anonymous Avvo Critic Absent Evidence of Defamation

By Leonidas Angelakos – Edited by Olga Slobodyanyuk

The Washington Court of Appeals held that—absent evidence of defamation—a third party website is not required to unmask an anonymous defendant. The court adopted an analysis similar to the widely cited Dendrite test for the showing a defamation plaintiff must make on a motion to compel disclosure of an anonymous defendant’s identity.


Posted On Jul - 20 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Patrick Gutierrez

6th Circuit holds TheDirty.com immune to suit for defamatory comments made on its website

FBI, NYPD create federal cybercrime task force

Employee denied unemployment benefits for violating employer’s social media policy


Posted On Jun - 23 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

European Court Finds Liability for Defamatory Comments by Anonymous Users
By Jennifer Garnett – Edited by Elise Young

Delfi AS v. Estonia

The European Court of Human Rights  (“ECHR”) upheld that Delfi, an online news portal, was liable for defamatory user comments.  The ECHR affirmed that Delfi could be liable as a “publisher” and the Estonian courts’ decisions were “justified and proportionate” restrictions under the European Convention on Human Rights. It noted that Delfi must “exercise a degree of caution” in monitoring comments on predictably controversial articles.


Posted On Oct - 19 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Unwanted Exposure: Civil and Criminal Liability for Revenge Porn Hosts and Posters

Written by: Susanna Lichter
Edited by: Suzanne Van Arsdale

Hollie Toups, the first named plaintiff in Toups v. GoDaddy, was harassed for weeks after nude pictures of her appeared on the website Texxxan.com alongside her real name and a link to her Facebook profile. When Toups requested that Texxxan.com remove the pictures, she was told by the website that they could help in exchange for her credit card information.[i] Texxxan.com is a “revenge porn” or “involuntary porn” website.[ii]


Posted On May - 28 - 2013 2 Comments READ FULL POST
By Michael Hoven Facebook’s “Sponsored Stories” Settlement Rejected by Court District Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California rejected a $20 million settlement of a class-action suit against Facebook over its “Sponsored Stories” feature, reports Wired. In his order, Judge Seeborg questioned the fairness of the proposed settlement, under which Facebook would pay $10 million in attorney’s fees and $10 million to charity, to class members, especially given the size of the award to plaintiffs’ attorneys and the ... Read More...
Posted On Aug - 20 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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