Consumer Review Websites Have Standing to Assert the Rights of Their Users to Remain Unknown

Until recently, no California court had squarely addressed the issue of whether a consumer review website has to standing to assert the First Amendment rights of its users to remain anonymous.  As the Sixth District Court of Appeal observed: “A decade ago, [this was] a relatively novel question. Now, however, a substantial preponderance of national […]

The Tale Of A Model, A Blogger, and Internet Anonymity

I couldn’t resist any longer. By now you know the story of Rosemary Port, the blogger who had anonymously blogged about model Liskula Cohen, stating that Cohen was a "skank" and a "ho," among other choice character descriptions. You also know that a court forced Google to reveal Port’s identity. Up until that time the […]

Subpoenas not subject to motion to strike as “SLAPP”: Tendler v. www.jewishsurvivors.blogspot.com

Subpoenas are not subject to a motion to strike under Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16, et seq., because they do not constitute a “cause of action.” Tendler v. www.jewishsurvivors.blogspot.com, June 10, 2008 164 Cal.App.4th 802. This decision will undoubtedly lead to an increase in requests for subpoenas to ISPs and assist plaintiffs in obtaining […]