Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 13 other news organizations seek to join as amici curiae in support of lawsuit to bar National Security Agency”s wholesale surveillance of Americans
(N.D. Cal. 2013), November 18, 2013
(2nd Cir. 2013), November 7, 2013
Human Rights Watch, Automattic Inc. (WordPress), anonymous bloggers and online activists file amici curiae brief in the United States Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit, arguing that foreigners using American blogging platforms have a First Amendment right to anonymity.
2013 Cal. App. Unpub. Lexis 2892, April 25, 2013
California Court of Appeals upholds the granting of anti-SLAPP motion in favor of the East Bay Express. Joshua Koltun represented the East Bay Express, its columnist Robert Gammon, and editor Steve Buel.
2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107791 (C.D. Cal. August 1, 2012), September 10, 2012
Court retains jurisdiction of Does’ declaratory relief action on Copyright and DMCA misconduct.
2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95489 (July 9, 2012), July 9, 2012
Case settles. Plaintiff Art of Living dismisses case with prejudice. Anonymous bloggers agree to freeze blogs without removing content and without disclosing identities. Nothing in settlement prevents bloggers from creating new blogs or posting content on other blogs. Defendant bloggers pay nothing, and Plaintiff Art of Living Foundation pays defendant bloggers’ attorney fees.
2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 159619; 40 Media L. Rep. 2429 (N.D. Cal. May 9, 2012), May 9, 2012
Court refuses to order disclosure of bloggers identity, closes discovery, and sets case for trial. Blogger allowed to go to trial anonymously.
2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61582, *; 102 U.S.P.Q.2D (BNA) 1820; Copy. L. Rep. (CCH) P30,247; 40 Media L. Rep. 1753 (N.D. Cal. May 1, 2012), May 1, 2012
Court dismisses copyright claims against bloggers.
(Alameda Sup. Ct., California, November 17, 2011), November 17, 2011
Former Oakland Mayoral candidate Marcie Hodge’s defamation lawsuit against East Bay Express is dismissed on East Bay Express’s anti-SLAPP motion.
[Koltun represented East Bay Express].
2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 129836; 100 U.S.P.Q.2D (BNA) 1604; Copy. L. Rep. (CCH) P30,164; 39 Media L. Rep. 2586 (N.D. Cal., November 9, 2011), November 9, 2011
Court protects anonymity of blogger, ruling that his right to free speech outweighs Plaintiff’s interest in learning his identity.
[Koltun represented Blogger. Karl Kronenberger and Jeffrey Rosenfeld of Kronenberger Rosenfeld represented Plaintiff. Paul Alan Levy of Public Citizen represented amici.]