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Digital Broadband Networks, Inc. v. Does

Topic(s): Internet Free Speech - Right To Speak Anonymously
Status: closed
Citation: No, HNT-C-14001-04
Date Of Involvement: 03/29/2004

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A Malayasian company and its president sued seven Internet posters in New Jersey state court alleging that they defamed the plaintiffs and conspired to drive down the stock price. However, in granting an ex parte motion for leave to take discovery, the trial judge disregarded the applicable appellate decision in Dendrite v. Doe. One of the Doe defendants seeks the right to an immediate appeal of the order allowing discovery of his identity. After Public Citizen entered the case to pursue an appeal, the plaintiff dropped its lawsuit and the Doe was able to remain anonymous.