posted Apr 20, 2001

Judge: chat room users' identity won't be revealed Free Speech4/20/2001; 2:32:42 PM 'Chat room users accused by a bankrupt Internet company of posting critical messages in an effort to drive its stock price down will not be identified, a federal judge has ruled....''[U.S. District Judge] Zilly said Thursday he agreed with 2TheMart attorneys that ``rights to speak anonymously are not unlimited.'' But he said the company's reasons for wanting the names were not sufficient, saying the firm made no direct claim against the users, except for ``innuendo'' they had manipulated the stock.'The right ruling for the right reason. That's pretty rare.I cannot find a copy of the actual opinion; I hope to do so in the near future and post it.


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