Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Defamation Plaintiff Denied Discovery Of Anonymous Posters To Phone Lookup Site

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Defamation Plaintiff Denied Discovery Of Anonymous Posters To Phone Lookup Site

WILMINGTON, N.C. - The owner of an investment firm cannot subpoena the operators of an online forum to discover the identities of anonymous posters that allegedly made defamatory statements about his business, a North Carolina federal judge ruled May 8, finding that the plaintiff did not sufficiently cite the legal elements of his claim or demonstrate that he had made attempts to contact the defendants without a subpoena (Benjamin Taylor, et al. v. John Does 1-10, No. 4:13-cv-00218, E.D. N.C.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63789).

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