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GSB Gold Standard Corp. v. Google

A German company that sells investments backed by cryptocurrency filed a petition for discovery in New York seeking to identify an anonymous blogger who criticized it on a blog about multilevel marketing schemes. The company alleges that the blogger’s statements about the bank were false and defamatory.  Although the blogger moved to quash,  a New York court granted discovery, based solely on a decision by a German court, which held the statements to be defamatory in an action by the company against Google.

Representing the blogger in an appeal from the order of the New York court, Public Citizen argues primarily that New York courts should adopt the Dendrite standard. On December 7, 2023, the court granted a motion for a stay of the district court’s order pending appeal. Appellate briefing is underway.