The Essent-PRMC lawsuit against the operator of the-paris-site.blogspot.com began in June 2007 when the hospital accused the anonymous blogger of wrongful conduct in publishing information detrimental to the hospital and violating patient confidentiality, and obtained a court order to force the blogger’s Internet service provider, Suddenlink, to reveal the name of its client.
Days before the end of 2007, the blogger’s attorney sought and was granted a writ from the Court of Appeals negating the previous court order. The Court of Appeals held there is no precedent in Texas to give the trial court the authority to issue such an order, and that several courts have noted that Internet anonymity serves a particularly vital role in the exchange of ideas and robust debate on matters of public concern. The Court also ruled that the hospital must first prove the statements are not true and then prove they are harmful to the hospital.
In March 2008, the two sides were back in court, and were given 14 days to present written arguments to the court.
Since that time there has been little movement in the case. In September of this year, Essent’s lawyers filed an affidavit stating a team of computer analysts hired by the hospital were unsuccessful in a forensic search for the blogger’s identity.
Could it be that the hospital is intent on stating to the court that they (the court) are its only resource in finding me?
The biggest factor in fostering a poor image was the publicity created by the lawsuit itself. The number of hits jumped a hundred-fold.
Sooooo...stay tuned in the New Year.