Posted on April 28, 2017
The case of the day is In re Letter Rogatory from the Harju County Court in Estonia (N.D. Cal. 2017). Lyoness Eesti OÜ brought a defamation action in the Harju County Court in Estonia, alleging that a blogger who controlled a blog on the WordPress.com blogging platform had published “incorrect factual allegations.” The Estonian court, apparently at the plaintiff’s urging, sent a letter of request to the United States, asking for judicial assistance in obtaining the name of the anonymous blogger from Automattic, the company that operates WordPress.com. The government then brought an ex parte § 1782 application in the Northern District of California.