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.
Leaguefest commences this weekend!
If you are coming or think that you might come, please let me know this week, either in the comments section or by email. To date, confirmations I know of include myself, Mark T, Jason K, Boegiboe, Vikram, Conor, Will Truman, Clancy, Phillip H, and Miss Mary. Those who have at one points said that they might attend but have not yet confirmed are Rose and Damon.
On Wednesday I will be sending out a group email to everyone who I know is coming; I will also ask for phone numbers from those folks. If you haven’t been to Leaguefest in the past, we do this because we are a casual go-with-the-flow crowd rather than agenda sticklers. Things can change on the fly, and sometimes smaller groups decide to venture out and do separate activities for a while, but still want to meet up with the crowd later. If for whatever reason you plan on attending but do not want to be on the email or phone list, please let me know.
Oh, and I hope this goes without saying, but if you’re in the DC area and haven’t/don’t RSVP and still want to show up to any or all of the events, please do. We would love to see you.
Here is our itinerary as it stands:
Friday, May 30, Evening
Bar Charlie, 7:30 — Adams Morgan Neighborhood | 1825 18th St. NW
We’ll start at Bar Charlie; who knows where we’ll end up by the end of the evening.
Saturday, May 31, Daytime
National Museum of American History, 10:30 am — 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
This was the most requested day event, and that’s perhaps fitting — it sort of feels the most OT-ish. We will meet at the museum at 10:00 and explore. Those that attend will no doubt have lunch together somewhere near the museum. The museum is free.
The mid-late afternoon I am leaving open, since there seemed to be little consensus as to what other things people wished to do. Those that attend the museum can go their own ways, or decide as a group where to go next — other museums, walking tour of the capital, seedy underground bar, brothel, whatever. We’ll let others know whats up in case non-museum goers decide to join in.
Saturday, May 31, Evening
Doi Moi, 7:30 – Logan Circle Neighborhood | 1800 14th St. NW
— or —
Woodward Table, 7:30 — 1426 H Street NW
Two restaurants that seemed popular — Founding Farmers and Central Michael Richards — ended up being too popular to accommodate my skills at procrastination; neither could take a party of over either with only a month notice.
Dio Moi seems the popular choice left, but they will only take tables of eight, and since they operate on a waiting list we would all be hang drinks for a bit before being seated. Woodward Table can accommodate all of us, and we have a reservation. Doing the drinks while waiting for a table is a pretty common Portland thing, as is splitting tables, so I am very happy with that but if that’s going to make it a deal killer for others I’d rather not go that route.
If you have any preference at all, please let me know. If not, I’ll probably ask everyone again on Friday and then call to either confirm or cancel with Woodward Table.
Looking forward to seeing you all!