July 18, 2011

Cooley Law School files suit against lawyers, bloggers

Here is what is being claimed "Cooley Law School sues over online postings." Folks must be careful what they say, and how they say it...
7-18-2011 Michigan:

Cooley Law School filed suit Thursday against a pair of New York lawyers and four bloggers for posting what officials say was false information that damaged the school's reputation.

The school is suing New York lawyers David Anziska and Jesse Strauss for more than $25,000 in damages and a retraction of all defamatory statements posted on the Internet.

Law firm also named

The suit, filed in Ingham County Circuit Court, also names the New York law firm that Strauss founded - and where Anziska works - as a co-defendant.

Anziska said he intended to countersue Cooley for filing a frivolous lawsuit.

"This is one of the most ridiculous, absurd lawsuits filed in recent memory," Anziska said. "This suit is nothing more than a naked attempt at intimidation."

In a separate suit, the school seeks identical damages from four anonymous bloggers.

James Thelen, Cooley's associate dean for legal affairs and general counsel, said the school hopes to establish the bloggers' identities during the lawsuit's discovery process.

'Harm to our reputation'

According to the suit, Anziska and Strauss made defamatory comments online against the school as a way to "troll" for plaintiffs for a "baseless purported class- action lawsuit" against Cooley. The false claims included stating the school inflated salary and employment information of its graduates and that four out of 10 Cooley students are defaulting on loans, the suit states.

"We are recruiting in a tough environment, like everyone else," Thelen said. "We believe there is significant harm to our reputation." ..Source.. by Scott Davis

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