Philly.com Must Disclose ID Of Poster In Defamation Suit

Law360, Philadelphia (March 5, 2014, 4:05 PM EST) -- In an ruling docketed Friday, a Pennsylvania judge ordered the parent company of Philadelphia’s two major daily newspapers to turn over the identity of an individual accused of posting a defamatory statement about a city union boss under a story on website Philly.com.

Judge Jacqueline F. Allen in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas granted a motion requiring Philadelphia Media Network LLC to reveal the identity of a user known as ‘fbpdplt,’ who posted a comment on the company’s website that accused International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 Chief John Dougherty of being a pedophile, according to court filings....

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