Don't Like Pushy Cold-Calls? We'll Sue!

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  1. Mike says:

    Why don't you SEO Ricard Drake's name by posting it in blog title? By linking to his law firm page, you're actually giving him positive SEO.

  2. Charles says:

    Or, in the alternative, you can change the hyperlink from his name to "scummy but creative".

  3. Patrick says:

    It will be picked up by Google guys. Look at the very top of your browser window.

  4. zarathud says:

    Judge Mary K Rochford recently won 40% of the Democratic primary vote for a vacancy on the Illinois Court of Appeals First District. The Democrat typically wins a 10 year term in the general election.

  5. M.B. says:

    Interesting details:

    It happened fast – on Friday afternoon April 16 we received an email from Duane Morris, the Houlihan Smith's law firm, informing us that the investment bank had filed a lawsuit against us in Chicago (800 miles from where we are) and that the hearing was to be held in less than 80 minutes!

    Duane Morris, a big law company with offices across the United States and overseas, put together a complaint for Houlihan Smith that goes around Section 230 and claims that the critical comments weren't just defamatory but were trademark dilution, and "intellectual property” claims are not covered by the section.

    In their complaint, Houlihan Smith said the comments constituted trademark misappropriation, dilution and right of publicity violations because its name and employees’ names were used in the posts. Houlihan Smith’s brief also argued that we embedded the company’s name and unflattering information about the company into our HTML code and entered into some partnership with the Google and Yahoo search engines to elevate the pages in the search results.

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  1. May 12, 2010

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