Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Save to My Library
Look up keyword or section
Like this
1Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Hadeed v. John Doe et al. (Apellant's Brief)

Hadeed v. John Doe et al. (Apellant's Brief)

Ratings: (0)|Views: 23 |Likes:
Published by Omar Ha-Redeye
Brief of the Appellant at the Virginia Court of Appeals
Brief of the Appellant at the Virginia Court of Appeals

More info:

Categories:Types, Business/Law
Published by: Omar Ha-Redeye on May 13, 2013
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

05/13/2013

pdf

text

original

 
In theVirginia Court of Appeals Record No. 0116-13-4 HADEED CARPET CLEANING, INC.,Plaintiff-Appellee,v.JOHN DOE # 1,
et al.,
Def endants.YELP, INC., Non-party respondent-Appellant. 
APPELLANT’S OPENING BRIEF 
Paul Alan Levy (pro hac vice)Scott MichelmanPublic Citizen Litigation Group1600 20th Street NWWashington, D.C. 20009(202) 588-1000plevy@citizen.orgRaymond D. Battocchi (# 24622)Raymond D. Battocchi, P.C.35047 Snickersville PikeRound Hill, Virginia 20141-2050(540) 554-2999battocchi@aol.comMay 7, 2013Counsel for Yelp Inc.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Table of Authorities............................................................iiiAssignments of Error............................................................1FACTS AND PROCEEDINGS BELOW............................................2A.Background.......................................................2B.Facts of This Case..................................................4C.Proceedings Below..................................................6Summary of Argument and Standard of Review.......................................9ARGUMENT.................................................................12I.THE FIRST AMENDMENT REQUIRES A SHOWING OF MERIT ONBOTH THE LAW AND THE FACTS BEFORE A SUBPOENA TOIDENTIFY AN ANONYMOUS SPEAKER IS ENFORCED...............12A.The Constitution Limits Compelled Identification of AnonymousInternet Speakers............................................13B.Many Courts Now Require a Detailed Legal and Evidentiary Showingfor the Identification of John Doe Defendants Sued for Criticizing thePlaintiff...................................................17C.Hadeed Did Not Make the Showing Required Before Identificationof John Doe Speakers May Be Ordered...........................231. Although Hadeed Initially Failed to Follow theConstitutionally Required Notice Procedures, This FailureWas Corrected by Following the Procedures Set Forth in theVirginia Code.........................................242.Hadeed Did Not Plead Verbatim the Allegedly DefamatoryWords in Their Proper Context, but It Has Attached the EntireStatements to Its Complaint..............................253. Hadeed’s Claim for Defamation Seriously Flawed............264. Hadeed Presented No Evidence That the Doe DefendantsMade Any False Statements..............................28
 
-ii-5. The Case Should Be Remanded for Application of the
 Dendrite
Balancing Test.................................31II. THE COURT LACKED JURISDICTION TO SUBPOENA DOCUMENTS FROMYELP.................................................................33Conclusion...................................................................36

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->