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May 8, 2006

E-mailer Fighting Ratner Suit Over Fake Missive Battles for Anonymity

The NY Sun

An e-mailer who has been sued by the developer Bruce Ratner is fighting in court to preserve his anonymity.

Nearly two months ago, Mr. Ratner filed a federal lawsuit against an emailer who pretended to be Mr. Ratner in an e-mail regarding the Atlantic Yards Development Project. The lawsuit claimed the message was intended to undermine public support for Mr. Ratner’s project, which has drawn opposition from some residents near downtown Brooklyn.

Mr. Ratner’s attorneys have subpoenaed the Internet service provider Earthlink, demanding that it identify the person who sent the e-mail.

In papers filed last month in federal court in Atlanta, where Earthlink’s legal division operates, a lawyer for the e-mailer opposed the subpoena.

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Posted by lumi at May 8, 2006 8:09 AM