Wednesday April 24, 2019

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Hasidic Brooklyn Couple Subpoenas Google and Yahoo

A Hasidic Jewish couple in Brooklyn have filed a lawsuit to subpoena Google and Yahoo to get the Internet giants to reveal the identities of various commenters on blogs hosted by the search engines.  The reason why the couple wants the identities revealed is that they can sue the commenters for a collective $411 million, according to an article in the New York Daily News.

The couple, Michael and Miriam Hersh want to sue the blog commenters because they feel their mostly negative comments ultimately lead to Micheal's firing as the CEO of Hatzolah, the Jewish volunteer ambulance corps that serves the city. The stories revolved around an Orthodox intervention to "rescue" the couple's son from a behavior boot camp in Jamaica.

According to the article, The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group that says "its fighting for Internet freedom and Web anonymity" is trying to block subpoenas sent to Yahoo and Google.

New York Daily News