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.
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When we discussed Laura Kipnis’s article on “sexual paranoia” in academia here, most thought she was off base. Well, rest assured,two Northwestern University students have filed a Title IX complaint against Kipnis: one because the article she wrote could have a “chilling effect” on students reporting harassment; a second whose lawsuit is mentioned fairly neutrally in the article who calls the article “retaliatory”. Kipnis has the option of now filing a “retaliation” claim against the students although it doesn’t sound like she will.
Maybe I’m cynical, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the profs who will get these sorts of claims filed against them, as well as the ones dinged for “incivility” or “triggering behavior” will tend to have one thing in common. Want to guess what it is?