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Old 08-06-04, 06:29 AM
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Lawyer suing over content in forums?


I'd say something else but then I'd be named in this lawsuit.

LOS ANGELES, Aug 5 (Reuters) - A California lawyer who has waged an ongoing battle with Yahoo Inc. over personal attacks made against him on Yahoo message boards has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against the company.

The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday by associates of corporate attorney Stephen Galton, claims Yahoo has unfairly protected people who post negative messages on its bulletin boards and falsely advertised that it prevents such abusive messages.

"It wouldn't be prudent for us to comment on this pending lawsuit," Yahoo spokeswoman Mary Osako said in a statement.

Galton is a partner in the firm of Galton & Helm, which specializes in insurance law. He registered to use Yahoo message boards in early 2004 in order to respond to a negative late-2003 post about one of his clients, which he did not identify in the suit.

After Galton posted his response, under the screen name "stephengalton," he was subjected to name-calling by various other users of the message boards.

One user, a person using the screen name "mumioler" who had posted the original messages about Galton's client that started the dispute, wrote a series of new messages calling Galton a "shyster" and an "overly robust geezer that makes a living walking behind the elephant with a shovel."

Other users also took personal shots at Galton, and he filed suit in April of this year against them. At the same time, he sought their personal information via a subpoena from Yahoo. The company, the suit said, responded with incomplete or inaccurate information.

The suit proposes as a class any California resident who has been targeted by abusive messages on a Yahoo board, who tried to get such messages stopped or learn the identity of the message poster, and who had such requests denied within the last four years. It seeks restitution, a permanent injunction and other forms of relief.

Abybody care to guess if this guy's planning on buying some Google?
Old 08-06-04, 06:35 AM
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Interesting... hmm...
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awwwww... poor baby
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I can't believe that someone is taking the Yahoo message boards seriously.
I go read the comments people post in regards to news stories just to laugh.
People really show their immaturity there with some of the comments made.
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Some pretty libelous things get published on message boards. Also, if you moderate a board, there can be an implication that anything you allow to go through is something you approve of.

If I were running a board, I would include a "hold harmless" provision in my Terms of Service stating that I agreed that DVDTalk was not responsible for any content posted by its users. I have no idea if it would do the trick, legally speaking, but at least it would be something.

Oh, and my opinion is that this guy is a real jerk for suing Yahoo unless there are facts we don't know (like he reported genuinely libelous posts to Yahoo and they told him "We agree with the posts -- you are a raging dillhole.")
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Ambulance chasin', high-horse sittin', muppet-lookin' sue-happy old codger.
Old 08-06-04, 08:28 AM
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Originally posted by AGuyNamedMike

Ambulance chasin', high-horse sittin', muppet-lookin' sue-happy old codger.
Are you trying to get Geoff sued!?!?!?
Old 08-06-04, 08:33 AM
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Dammit! People are always stealing my ideas.

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Ah, the Yahho boards, my old friend. Hopefully this gets them shut down.
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This is silly, why doesn't he just go cry to his mama. A MESSAGEBOARD dude. I hope he loses.

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