Illinois Supreme Court Debates Anonymity of Internet Poster
In this JD Supra article, Kirk Jenkins analyzes the oral arguments held in January at the Illinois Supreme Court on Hadley v. Subscriber Doe. The case involves the posting of a defamatory comment about a political candidate at the end of an article in a newspaper. The Plaintiff filed a suit against the poster using his screen name and sent a subpoena seeking the poster’s ISP address to the internet service provider which the defendant moved to quash. The Illinois Supreme Court is now considering whether the defendant in the case is entitled to quash the subpoena which sought to uncover the identity of an anonymous internet poster. The author notes that a decision in Hadley is anticipated in three to four months.