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. ©2007 Cal Law Page printed from: http://www.callaw.com Krinsky v. Doe 6 H030767 Cite as 08 C.D.O.S. 1658 LISA KRINSKY, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. DOE 6, Defendant and Appellant. No. H030767 In the Court of Appeal of the State of California Sixth Appellate District (Santa Clara County Super. Ct. No. CV059796) COUNSEL Attorneys for Appellant: The Hoyle Law Firm and Arlene Fickler and Lawrence T. Hoyle, Jr., Steefel, Levitt & Weiss and, Barry W. Lee and Amy B. Briggs Attorneys for Respondent: DeSimone & Huxster and Gerry DeSimone, Robert Wayne Pearce Filed February 6, 2008 counsel OPINION As Internet technology has evolved over the past two decades, computer users have encountered a proliferation of chat rooms and websites that allow them to share their views on myriad topics from consumer products to international diplomacy. Internet bulletin boards, or "message boards," have the advantage of allowing users, or "posters," to express themselves anonymously, by using "screen names" traceable only through the hosts of the sites or their Internet Service Providers (ISPs). One popular forum is the financial message board, which offers posters the opportunity to communicate with others concerning stock trading, corporate behavior, and other finance-related issues. The conversation on one financial message board devolved into scathing verbal attacks on the corporate officers of a Florida company, prompting a lawsuit by one of those officers, plaintiff Lisa Krinsky. Plaintiff attempted to discover the identity of 10 of the pseudonymous posters by serving a subpoena on the message-board host, Yahoo!, Inc. (Yahoo!). Defendant "Doe 6"
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