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A Gaggle of Google Bully Suits

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NY Post: Victims of cyber-bullies no longer have to cough up their lunch money without a fight.

Since a judge ordered Google to turn over the e-mail address of a woman who viciously blogged about a "skank," others so maligned are seeking justice in droves.

"People are saying, 'I'm not going to take it anymore,' " said lawyer Steven Wagner, who successfully argued last summer that model Liskula Cohen deserved to know who was anonymously calling her a "first place skank" online.

A Manhattan judge agreed, ordering Google to turn over all information about the "skank" blogger, Rosemary Hart, so Cohen could sue for defamation.

Since then, Wagner's phone has been ringing off the hook.

One man, an investor from Washington state, is hoping to make a claim against Google over a Web site that blacklisted his company, costing him hundreds of millions.

The commodities investor was set to make a huge diesel fuel purchase when the seller Googled his name and found a Web site claiming his business was a sham.

The seller quickly backed out. According to the client, the so-called blacklist is actually run by a competitor intent on ruining his business.

Google allegedly refused to take the site down, and the investor is going to sue.

The Cohen case has galvanized victims of cyber-smear campaigns to seek to unveil their accusers who have been cloaked behind untraceable e-mails, said Virginia-based Internet attorney John Dozier Jr.

"There's been a dramatic increase in these kinds of cases," said Dozier. "All of a sudden, people are saying, 'Hey, you can beat Google.' "

Dozier is currently setting his sights on a "virtual hit man" who allegedly launched two fake sites about a woman.

One site blogged about her supposed years of prostitution, another of her struggles with heroin addiction -- both completely untrue, he said. Dozier plans to subpoena the still-active sites.

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1 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous guy January 25, 2010, 9:04 AM

The topic is misleading…

I don’t think any of the cases listed in the article are goole’s fault. So what if, armed with a warrant or cour order, you can get someone’s identity info from google. The same is true for any other site or telecommunications provider.

As for the wrongly blacklisted site, please provide a link or it never happened.

Remember, google has a ‘do no evil’ policy. :)

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