Blogspot Sued for Dead Blogger’s Content–Davis v. Google

13 04 2009

By Eric Goldman

Davis v. Google, 09 CH 15753 (Cook County Ct. complaint filed April 9, 2009)

Venkat sent a very interesting lawsuit this morning that raises some complex policy issues. The complaint alleges that Sean Healy created a blog at and posted defamatory content about speedskater Shani Davis’ mom, Cherie Davis.. . . The complaint further alleges that Healy is now deceased, so he can no longer remove the content on Cherie’s demand, and he did not have a “probate estate” to take over his blog. As a result, Cherie feels like she has nowhere to turn to clean up the alleged defamation, so she is suing Google’s Blogspot for a takedown injunction.


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