My phone & address were posted on a site and that I gave the person aids. Steps on who to sue if he's anonymous.

Asked about 1 year ago - Big Rapids, MI

I'm working with an attorney who's lost on internet laws and I'm going to try it myself. I got the forms and it says that I need to name a defendant. How? When I've don't have a name to sue. I need IP, read what that on net. But how do I get I.P with no lawsuit filed. Website wont give I.P without a subpeona. Confused, please help!

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I know it's been done getting IP but I feel like I'm running in circles trying to figure this out.

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  1. Jason Matthew Shinn

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    Answered . I agree with Mr. Matesky's answer above - trying to navigate the legal system without an attorney in general is difficult, but you are talking about very complex procedural and substantive issues. If you are already represented by legal counsel, he/she should be competent to do so, even when it comes to the Internet legal issues. But if not, your attorney has an obligation to either get up to speed or associate with someone who does have the experience. You should have a discussion with your attorney about your concerns and then decide what direction to go. Best to you going forward.

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  2. Michael P Matesky II

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    Answered . First, it is a bad idea filing a lawsuit by yourself. A simple suit would be one thing, but a suit requiring third-party subpoenas and pseudonymous parties? This will require detailed understanding of civil procedure rules that you do not have.

    That said, the way this is done is filing against a "John Doe" defendant, then moving for leave to take early discovery in the form of a third-party subpoena to the website that has the IP address. However, they might not hold that information forever.

    Again, it's a bad idea to try this yourself. You should contact and attorney that *does* know how to do this.

    I am an attorney, but I am not YOUR attorney. By providing free, generalized information, I am not entering into... more
  3. Andrew Mark Jaffe

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    Answered . As others have said here, this is not an easy suit for a "Pro Se" (someone representing themselves) to accomplish. Further, over 90% of Pro Se lawsuits are thrown out due to procedural matters (I am not talking about small claims court here.) Representing yourself in a complicated Internet suit is not a good idea.

    Speak to your lawyer about your dissatisfaction. If you have already fired him, look for someone on AVVO who lists Internet law as a part of their practice.

    Even if you don't want to hire a full time lawyer, you can at least hire a lawyer who will be your "Pro Se" advisor. They can help you write documents etc. and get you through the proceedural aspects of the law suit.

    Finally, even doing a law suit as a pro se you are going to spend a lot of money which you are not likely to recoup. Perhaps you would be better off just trying to get the post taken down. A simpler and cheeper alternative to a law suit.

    This post is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice specific to... more

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