Last week I received notice from Google that K Vintners and its winemaker Charles Smith are suing some people who commented anonymously on my site.
I am not named as a party in the lawsuit. But if you are one of my readers, you might be.
This post is a courtesy to you. Google received a subpoena demanding that it provide the Internet protocol addresses of the people who made the comments.
Google Legal Support wrote to me, "To comply with the law, unless you provide us with a copy of a filed motion to quash the subpoena (or other formal objection filed in court) via email at email@example.com no later than 5pm Pacific Time on October 11, 2010, Google may provide responsive documents on this date."
I cannot provide legal advice. If you are one of the commenters in question, you may want to consult an attorney.
For obvious reasons I am restraining myself at this time from comment on this case -- which isn't easy, because it's interesting. I will say that because of the way Blogger works, I do not know the identity of the commenters, and because of this I do not want to.
The lawsuit is public record, so I am posting the other four pages below; sorry, that's as big as I can figure out how to make them. Here is the original post and the comments in question. Because of the lawsuit comments on that post will no longer be published. Comment on this post at your own risk.