Ron Newman

Monsarrat v. Filcman, Newman and Does 1-100, Civ. A. No. 2013-0399-C (Mass. Super. Ct. 2013)

A onetime member of a LiveJournal online user community, focused on Somerville’s Davis Square neighborhood, filed a mass defamation and conspiracy lawsuit against the forum’s moderator and 100 of its members, claiming more than $500,000 in damages. Representing the moderator, Dan Booth responded decisively to the lawsuit, detailing the complaint’s shortcomings in a widely publicized letter to the plaintiff’s counsel. We persuaded the plaintiff to dismiss all claims against all parties with prejudice at a preliminary stage of the lawsuit, without even filing a motion to dismiss.