Yelp does not have to identify seven online reviewers who posted critical comments about a carpet cleaning business, the Virginia Supreme Court recently ruled (PDF). Though based on procedural grounds, this ruling is viewed as a big win for Free Speech. However, with no single set of laws in place to determine whether anonymous online comments are protected by the...
By Carl TobiasOn Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Virginia announced that Justice Leroy F. Millette Jr. would retire after a quarter century of dedicated service in all four levels of the Virginia state court system. Because the Supreme...Show More Summary
Back in October, the Virginia Supreme Court held oral arguments in a case about the limits of anonymous speech. Hadeed Carpet Cleaning wanted to sue the authors of several anonymous Yelp reviews, claiming that had never even been to the business. The state appellate could said Yelp had to turn......
Two days ago, we posted on a West Virginia Supreme Court decision that told non-resident plaintiffs the closing time refrain “you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.” OK, we took some liberties there, but the non-resident plaintiffs who had gone shopping in a non conveniens forum could not stay even after poking around for two years. Show More Summary
Virginia Supreme Court focuses on jurisdiction, punts on key free speech issue.
The Virginia Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a judge did not have authority to compel Yelp to reveal the identities of anonymous users who panned an Alexandria carpet cleaning company in a case closely watched by free-speech advocates and businesses alike.Read full article >>
Last weekend, we saw the surprisingly effective “Danny Collins,” a new movie starring Al Pacino as an aging rock star wondering how the focus of his life would have changed if he’d known contemporaneously about an admiring letter from John Lennon that was not given to him until decades later. Show More Summary
The city of Alexandria on Friday won the last of the legal challenges brought against it in the wake of its controversial 2012 waterfront development plan.The Virginia Supreme Court ruled that any errors made during the process of passing...Show More Summary
Fairfax County expects the financial impact of a recent Virginia Supreme Court ruling on deductions for business taxes to increase to at least $45 million, adding more worry to what has already been a difficult budget year, officials said Tuesday.Read full article >>
Local governments in Northern Virginia are bracing for millions of dollars in potential tax refunds to businesses after a Virginia Supreme Court ruling on how out-of-state receipts may be deducted from a company’s taxable income.Read full article >>
Virginia Supreme Court to decide whether businesses can request customers identity for giving them bad reviews on social media sites. The post Yelp Lawsuit Could Expose Anonymous Online Commenters appeared first on ThinkProgress.
The Virginia Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in a new type of Yelp case. By now, we're familiar with the defamation and the SLAPPs and the non-disparagement agreements and the not-technically-extortion-but-sounds-like-it. Well, Yelp v. Hadeed Carpet Cleaning is different. Hadeed Carpet Cleaning wanted to sue the authors of critical......
Wrote Justice Allen H. Loughry Jr., dissenting from an opinion by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, that let a pit bull terrier off on a technicality. The dog’s troubles stem from a biting incident last year when an animalShow More Summary
From ‘amazing tales of the vexatious’. Climate Change Dispatch writes: In a clear slap in the face, the Virginia Supreme Court awarded Michael E. Mann and the University of Virginia a piddling $250 in damages in the email FOIA case. Showing … Continue reading ?
After deliberating for months, late last week the Virginia Supreme Court ruled in favor of climate scientist Michael Mann in his quest to maintain the privacy of his emails against a Virginia legislator and conservative think tank that sought to access his records using Virginia's freedom of information laws. As I wrote last month, the trial and the court's verdict,...
An important Virginia Supreme Court finding came out today, related to the hugely complicated maneno that I feel totally unqualified to explain to you … but Michale Halpern of the Center for Science and Democracy is: The Supreme Court of Virginia today found unanimously in favor of the University of Virginia in its attempt to…
Unpublished research by university scientists is exempt from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled Thursday, rejecting an attempt by skeptics of global warming to view the work of a prominent climate researcher during his years at the University of Virginia. The ruling is the latest turn in the FOIA request […]
A suit heading to Virginia Supreme Court wants Yelp to identify people who left negative feedback for a carpet cleaner
The Wall Street Journal reports an Internet free-speech case against online review site Yelp is headed to the Virginia Supreme Court this month. Lawsuits were initially filed by a carpet cleaning company whose business reportedly dropped by 30% following a string of negative reviews. Show More Summary
The Virginia Supreme Court waited for Halloween to release a truly scary ruling where it overturned a jury verdict to families of the victims of the 2007 shooting massacre at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. We have previously discussed the absurd state cap on such verdicts which led to the reduction of the award to $100,000 for […]