Outing Anonymous Online Speakers In The 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (August 18, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT) -- Companies suffering Internet defamation or the publication of their confidential information online have faced an increasingly difficult battle in the courts that until recently protected the anonymity of online speakers at the expense of injured corporate plaintiffs.

Earlier this year, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals made a significant adjustment to the legal framework when it held that the identities of anonymous speakers making online “commercial speech” deserve significantly less protection than that normally accorded to core areas of free speech. (In re Anonymous Online Speakers,...
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