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Paul Levy
Cyberlitigator on free speech issues at Public Citizen
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by Paul Alan Levy Eugene Volokh has a short article this morning about the brief concurring opinion filed by an appellate judge in Breen v. Holmes , 2017 WL 6133325 (La. App. Dec. 7, 2017). The case concerned statements made... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy In a decision issued on Tuesday in Signature Management Team v. Doe, the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit implicitly adopted the majority rule followed in the state courts that have addressed the issue, holding... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy Last spring, Twitter received a fair amount of attention for fighting a patently bogus attempt by the Department of Homeland Security to abuse its statutory authority to investigate the importation of goods as the basis for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Robert Morin has issued his ruling on the pending objections to search warrants served on Facebook by Federal prosecutors seeking the entire contents of the Facebook accounts for the DisruptJ20 Facebook... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy Prestigious Pets, the Dallas-area pet-sitting company that faced a blizzard of public criticism after it invoked a non-disparagement clause as a basis for suing a husband and wife in small claims court after the wife posted... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at CL&P Blog
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by Paul Alan Levy After the late John Dozier was humiliated about ten years ago after it came to light that his office was routinely including a tag line in its demand letters threatening to sue for copyright infringement if... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy In a motion to quash filed today, three Facebook users are challenging search warrants issued by federal prosecutors seeking to rummage through accounts in which they supported protests against the inauguration of Donald Trump on the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy In my blog post yesterday about developments in the litigation over the search warrant to DreamHost, I recounted the encouraging signs from DC Superior Court Chief Judge Morin’s written order and colloquys with counsel during oral... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy Late last week, DC Superior Court Chief Judge Robert Morin issued an opinion explaining his oral ruling at last month’s hearing on a search warrant issued to DreamHost demanding production of its files pertaining to DisruptJ20.org,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy Today we filed our brief on behalf of three anonymous Internet users who object to the breadth of the proposed orders submitted by the Government and by DreamHost, each spelling out their alternative versions of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy In a motion for leave to intervene filed today, three anonymous Internet users who sought information from the DisruptJ20 web site, who joined listservs through which such information was communicated, or who volunteered to provide legal... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy In a decision issued late Thursday morning, DC Superior Court Chief Judge Robert Morin said that he was ready to order DreamHost to comply with the federal prosecutors’ scaled-down search warrant, but enunciated strict procedural restrictions... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy Responding to an outpouring of popular outrage as well as legal filings (including one from Public Citizen as well as an amicus brief from Avaaz) showing that the First Amendment protects the right to read anonymously... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy This morning we filed a motion for leave to intervene in the proceeding, now assigned to Chief Judge Robert Morin of the Superior Court for the District of Columbia, in which DreamHost has been opposing the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy On Friday morning, a panel at the annual meeting in New York of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers will be discussing an issue dear to the heart of blawgers who discuss subjects that make powerful... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy This past spring, Twitter garnered significant attention, and widespread praise, for a lawsuit it brought against the Trump Administration this past spring to block enforcement of an administrative summons seeking to identify the owners of a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy Two decisions were issued late yesterday in cases involving the procedures for adjudicating subpoenas seeking to identify anonymous Internet speakers who are accused of actionable speech. An appeals court in California embraced most elements of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has issued an order signed only by the Clerk declaring that a significant free speech issue bearing on the rights of anonymous Internet users will be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy An important appeal is pending in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals – the highest appellate court in D.C. The federal government served D.C. warrants on Facebook, demanding access to the entirety of 90 days... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy Ever since Eugene Volokh and I started writing last year about the phenomenon of “fake defamation litigation” — lawsuits filed to suppress online criticism while ensuring that the person whose speech is to be suppressed never... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at CL&P Blog
This article at Think Progress points to some worrisome waivers in the terms of service for the DNA testing service at Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com argues in response that the some of the concerns are overstated but that in any event it... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy Pursuant to the settlement in Smith v Garcia and Chief Judge Smith's ensuing order in that case, counsel for Richart Ruddie arranged to have a motion filed in the names of Bradley Smith and his debt... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy Last year I discussed an attorney fee application that I prepared on behalf of a small company making canvas totes that poke fun of such high-fashion royalty as Louis Vuitton by scrawling the words “My Other... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy With the signature of Governor Terry McAuliffe having been added last week, Virginia has adopted a modest improvement to its very narrow anti-SLAPP statute. The new law, SB 1413, is not nearly as strong as in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at CL&P Blog
by Paul Alan Levy Over the past few months, I have reported, to some extent jointly with Eugene Volokh, on a purportedly pro se lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Brought against... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at CL&P Blog