More Good News from New Jersey for Anonymous Critics
12/1/2000; 1:30:53 PM
'New Jersey Superior Court Judge Kenneth MacKenzie on Tuesday affirmed the nonymity of four 'John Doe' defendants accused of publishing unkind and false statements about the company for which they work.... 'Judge Wettick ruled that an anonymous author's identity must not be disclosed until s/he is given an opportunity to argue and produce evidence that the defamation lawsuit facing them is frivolous or otherwise lacking in merit.'
This is very similar to this week's Pennsylvania ruling but is in fact a different story. It's been a while since I've seen a single judge reach the proper balance on an issue like this, it's cool to see two judges doing it in such quick succession.