A recent New York Supreme Court ruling has required Google to reveal the IP address and email address of an anonymous blogger charged with Internet defamation. The case involved anonymous Blogger.com postings about New York resident Liskula Cohen, a Canadian-born model who has appeared in popular fashion magazines. Cohen’s attorney alleges that the postings constitute online defamation and he requested that any information in the hands of Google identifying the anonymous blogger be turned over to the Plaintiff’s counsel.
Google has complied with the court’s order in this Internet defamation case. On Tuesday evening, Google submitted the IP address and email address of the anonymous blogger to the Plaintiff’s counsel. Cohen’s attorney says that they will use this information to file suit against the blogger, whom they suspect is an acquaintance of Cohen. This order is the first of its kind in New York concerning Internet defamation. Courts in other states, such as Virginia, have requested the production of email and IP addresses in online defamation lawsuits.
Many of our clients ask us whether they should sue for defamation. If you have been the subject of Internet defamation, slander, or libel, please contact an attorney that is well-versed in online defamation law. An Internet law attorney can help you protect your reputation online and will aid you in removing defamatory postings.