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McMann v. Doe

Topic(s): Internet Free Speech - Right To Speak Anonymously
Open Court Proceedings and Challenges to Protective Orders
Status: open
Date Of Involvement: 11/21/2006

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The Superior Court of Arizona dismissed a Massachusetts real estate developer's lawsuit against the anonymous operator of an Internet gripe site. The court held that Paul McMann failed to substantiate his claims against the owner of the domain name paulmcmann.com, quashed a subpoena seeking the owner's identity, and dismissed the case. A nearly identical lawsuit by McMann had already been dismissed by another court.

McMann subsequently filed a complaint with WIPO, the World International Property Organization, in an attempt to take control of the domain name. Public Citizen again represented the gripe site owner, and McMann's complaint was denied.