Identifying Unnamed Online Speakers Just Got Easier

New case limits protection of anonymous speech in private Internet forum

, New Jersey Law Journal


Since the N.J. Supreme Court decided Dendrite v. Doe in 2001, the number of lawsuits designed to identify anonymous Internet speakers has declined. Recently, however, the Appellate Division, in Warren Hospital v. John Does, has limited the application of Dendrite, making it easier to pierce the anonymity of certain online speakers. The Warren Hospital ruling will have ramifications beyond New Jersey.

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