In a decision with potentially large ramifications, New York Federal Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall won't dismiss a libel suit against "Shitty Media Men" creator Moira Donegan.
Explaining, the judge says it is possible that Donegan created the entry herself. The judge believes that Elliott should be able to explore whether the entry was fabricated. Accordingly, discovery proceeds, which will now put pressure on Google to respond to broad subpoena demands. The next motion stage could feature a high-stakes one about the reaches of CDA 230.
At the sub-blogs, we’ve had some discussion of the idea of a meetup for the League. The current idea being floated around is to arrange a meet-up in Las Vegas some time in May. Presumably accompanied by our spouses or significant others, we’d all meet somewhere for dinner and drinks, and decide what next move we’d make from there. I, for one, would love to see this actually happen. I’ve met up with two other greater municipal Los Angeles area sub-bloggers in real life during 2011, and had a great time both times, so I’ve every reason to believe if we pull this off, it would be super fun for all involved.
Why Las Vegas? We’re all scattered in our locations, mostly throughout the United States. But pretty much every major U.S. city has easy and frequent flights to Las Vegas. There are hotels offering a wide range of prices to accomodate pretty much anyone’s budget. Whatever you like to eat, or drink, or do with your free time, there’s sure to be something enjoyable on offer.
Why May? Hopefully, this is far enough in advance that everyone can make arrangements to take a day off or two in order to travel. Those of us with children will need time to make child care arrangements for a weekend out of town, for instance with doting grandparents and those of us with day jobs will need to arrange time off. So I suggest the weekend of May 25 to May 28, to take advantage of the Memorial Day holiday: those of us with regular day jobs would only need to take one day off work to enjoy a four-day weekend in Sin City and those of us with non-standard jobs should have some flexibility to conform their schedules to that.
If we decide to do this, I’ll take the lead on contacting a hotel to see if a group rate can be negotiated, and a restaraunt made available. I believe we will need at least ten rooms to get a group rate at most of the major Strip hotels, so please only say that you will do this is you’re serious about committing to it — I don’t want to be left holding the financial bag on ten rooms. Please use the comments to this post to indicate if you’d be able and willing to do this, and if so what range of hotel you’d like and what sort of restaraunt for the kickoff dinner sounds good to you.
Plus, if you show up, you’ll get to learn my real name — at least six bloggers and sub-bloggers here already do. I know the rest of you are all on the edge of your seats with anticipation. So with a bonus like that, you really can’t afford not to come to Leaguefest 2012 — we hope to see you there!