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Video Professor v. John Does 1-100

Topic(s): Consumer Justice
Internet Free Speech - Right To Speak Anonymously
Status: open
Date Of Involvement: 09/21/2007
Docket: 07-01726

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Video Professor, which markets elementary computer learning products through pervasive infomercials, sued former customers who posted anonymous complaints about the "Professor"'s marketing and billing practices on consumer commentary sites. Public Citizen has objected to a broad subpoena to identify the critics who have posted on one such site, www.infomercialscams.com. Representing the site's host, objection letters explain the basis for the objections and request proof that the consumer posts are false and have caused actual damage to Video Professor.

Rather than try to produce evidence to support its subpoenas, Video Professor first asked for an extension of time to effect service. Public Citizen argued that the extension should be denied, and Video Professor withdrew the lawsuit.