San Francisco Chronicle: “A state appeals court says a 15-year-old boy whose Web site was flooded with anti-gay slurs and threats can sue a schoolmate who admitted posting a menacing message but described it as a joke.” See the court’s opinion.
Law.com: “Soon after filing a class action last spring against the maker of a dietary supplement called Procera AVH, Thomas Clarke Jr., a partner in the San Francisco office of Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley, uploaded a video on YouTube about the class action and talked to a television reporter for a news story about the litigation. Now, Brain Research Labs, the defendant in that class action, has sued Clarke and his law firm, as well as the plaintiff named in the complaint, saying their comments on TV and the Internet are defamatory and have hurt the company’s business. In a Friday hearing on a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, the company’s lawyers painted Clarke as an attorney who’d gone too far.”
ABA Journal Law News: “Two graduates of Yale law school have settled their defamation lawsuit against several online critics who wrote nasty comments about them on the law school discussion board AutoAdmit. Lawyer Ashok Ramani of Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco represented the women pro bono. He told the Hartford Courant that his clients settled “with a handful of folks” under terms that are confidential.”