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.
Coming Attraction: Argument Digest
On March 4, SCOTUS will hear the oral argument in King v. Burwell, this year’s PPACA case, which will probably generate a lot of heat since a lot of people and a lot of media have their dander up about it. Over the course of the next few days, I’m going to prepare a digest of the significant briefs for y’all. I’ve a sneaking suspicion that since unlike in a Constitutional case, pretty much all the Justices agree on most principles of statutory interpretation, this case may not be so closely split as the last PPACA challenge. But I’ll reserve my predictions until I get a chance to actually read the briefs, which I’ve not done yet. I’m shooting for this weekend, after the pressures of my day job relent a bit. So stay tuned.
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