Tendler v. Doe, No. ________ (Ohio C.P. filed Feb. 2006)
Status: Discovery order issued; attempt to enforce order in California denied.
see also Tendler v. Doe, No. 1-06-cv-064507 (Cal. Super. filed 2006)

Orthodox Jewish rabbi Mordechai Tendler of New Hempstead, N.Y., was expelled from the Rabbinical Council of America in March 2005 and dismissed by his congregation in 2006 after several women accused him of sexual abuse and harassment. Various blogs, including www.rabbinicintegrity.blogspot.com, www.jewishsurvivors.blogspot.com, www.jewishwhistleblower.blogspot.com and www.newhempsteadnews.blogspot.com, anonymously reported on these developments. Tendler filed a libel lawsuit in Ohio against the anonymous bloggers, and as a preliminary matter obtained a court order ordering Google, owner of blogspot.com, to reveal the identities of the bloggers.

The company refused to obey the Ohio order, so Tendler filed suit in California state court.

Links and Court Documents:
California appeals decision: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/nonpub/H031130.PDF

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