All posts by Amy C. Gross

Imposter Twitter Account Protected by First Amendment, Rules Michigan Court

Upholding a student’s right to parody an adjunct professor by means of an imposter Twitter account, the Court of Appeals of Michigan last week affirmed a trial court’s order dismissing the professor’s lawsuit against the student. Continue reading Imposter Twitter Account Protected by First Amendment, Rules Michigan Court

Magistrate Judge Says There are Limits to Relevance of Social Media Accounts But Warns Plaintiff About Privacy Settings

A Magistrate Judge in a New York federal court recently had words of caution for social media-loving litigants and the lawyers who want to read their posts.  In a decision refusing to penalize a plaintiff for supposedly deleting posts on her Facebook account, the Magistrate Judge in Thurmond v. Bowman, pending in the Western District of New York, discussed the relevance of social media accounts to claims for emotional distress and cautioned the plaintiff not to change her privacy settings.

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Review Website Alleges Scheme to File False Defamation Suits

Consumer review website Pissed Consumer posted on its blog the results of an investigation that, it says, suggest that attorneys in California are filing suspicious defamation lawsuits in an attempt to help their clients remove unfavorable reviews from major search engines.

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Federal Court Allows Mass Email Defamation Claim to Proceed

In a lawsuit combining the financial fallout of the decline of traditional telephone directories with the perils of mass company emails, the Eastern District of New York ruled late last week that a former executive’s defamation claim based on an email sent to thousands of employees regarding his termination can go forward.

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California Court Allows James Woods’ Twibel Case to Proceed

Reversing an earlier tentative ruling, the Los Angeles County Superior Court has ruled that a suit by actor James Woods against an anonymous Twitter foe can go forward. In the February 8, 2016 Order, Judge Mel Red Recana denied an Anti-SLAPP motion made by defendant John Doe (who writes on Twitter as “Abe List”), finding that Abe List’s description of Woods in a Twitter posting as “cocaine addict James Woods” could be viewed by a reader as a statement of fact, supporting Woods’ defamation claim.

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