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
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.
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.
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.
By now, most of us have grown accustomed to rating products on Amazon or services on Yelp, one to five stars. You might like knowing that the book you are thinking of buying on Amazon has been overwhelming rated five stars with many positive substantive reviews. And it might be helpful to learn that you probably should avoid a restaurant you were considering when most Yelp postings give only one or two stars with comments that tell you explicitly why you should go elsewhere. BUT . . .
How about websites that seek to review human beings in the same fashion as sites that address products and services???
Well, go no further. Coming this fall is an app called Peeple. The mission of Peeple, as stated on its site, is to provide “an app that allows you to rate and comment about the people you interact with in your daily lives on the following three categories: personal, professional, and dating.” The purpose of such ratings and comments supposedly is to “enhance your online reputation for access to better quality networks, top job opportunities, and promote more informed decision making about people.”