AutoAdmit: Play to Win

Sources are reporting that one year after an unprecedented federal lawsuit targeting comment trolls on the college-admissions website was filed, a whole lot of nothing has happened. The AutoAdmit controversy began in 2005 when two female law students were the target of bilious and harassing threads on the site which sported messages such as “Women named Hillary and Jill should be raped,” “I think I will sodomize her. Repeatedly” and “she has herpes.”

The women filed the federal lawsuit in June 2007, seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages and contending that “the postings about them became etched into the first page of search engine results on their names, costing them prestigious jobs, infecting their relationships with friends and family, and even forcing one to stop going to the gym for fear of stalkers.”

While the plaintiffs have been able to unmask the trolls—an admitted “milestone in a rare legal challenge to the norms of online commenting”—not much else has apparently been resolved in the past year. The plaintiffs themselves have gone silent, and their lawyers, a law professor from Yale Law School and another from Stanford, have repeatedly declined the media’s requests for comment.  As a recent article notes, “Legal experts are beginning to wonder aloud if there’s any point in pressing the messy lawsuit.”

We may not know much over here at Bitter Lawyer, but we do know that if depraved losers have the right to make violent and threatening comments about random people over a public message board, then their targets should have the right to expose them for the ball-less douchetards that they are. Fight that fight, ladies. One bit of advice, though: ditch the law professors. If you want someone to write a law review article about your case someday, sure, give them a ring. But if you want to actually win your case, hire someone who knows how to be a real lawyer.  [Wired]