Art of Living Foundation v. Does

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.

Minute Order CMC

Art of Living Foundation v. Does

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.

Court Order

Hodge v. Gammon

(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.

Order Granting SLAPP Motion

[Koltun represented East Bay Express].

Art of Living Foundation v. Does

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.

Order preserving Skywalker anonymity

[Koltun represented Blogger. Karl Kronenberger and Jeffrey Rosenfeld of Kronenberger Rosenfeld represented Plaintiff. Paul Alan Levy of Public Citizen represented amici.]

Art of Living Foundation v. Does

2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63507, 39 Media L. Rep. 2520 (N.D. Cal. June 15, 2011), June 15, 2011

Court dismisses defamation and trade libel claims against bloggers.


Booker et al. v. City of Richmond

(Contra Costa Superior Court, January 7, 2011), January 7, 2011

Court declines to issue injunction barring NAACP Richmond chapter President Ken Nelson from commenting on litigation.

NAACP Opposition

Jenkins et. al. v. City of Richmond

(N.D. Cal. March 25, 2010), March 25, 2010

Court withdraws injunction it had previously entered, which had barred NAACP Richmond Chapter President Ken Nelson from commenting on litigation.  Court declines to hold him in contempt for distributing information concerning litigation.

NAACP Opposition

Bank Julius Baer & Co., Ltd v. Wikileaks

535 F.Supp.2d 980 (N.D. Cal. 2008), February 29, 2008

Swiss/Cayman Island Bank’s effort to shut down anonymous website rejected by Court.

Court’s Order  |  Opposition Brief

Attorney General v. Clarke

( 96A/2004) [2008] ZMSC 4 (24 January 2008), January 24, 2008

Supreme Court of Zambia upholds court order barring deportation of newspaper columnist who had written article satirizing public officials. ¬† Koltun provided assistance to columnist’s attorney through the auspices of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre.

Attorney General v Clarke

Hand v. Brown

2007 US Dist. LEXIS 93636 (N.D.Cal), December 10, 2007

Defamation lawsuit against NAACP officers and newspaper editor dismissed.