SOURCE: Greenberg Traurig

May 09, 2006 13:00 ET

Blogger Case Yields Unconditional Surrender

PORTLAND, ME and ORLANDO, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 9, 2006 -- In what has been called a great victory for the First Amendment Rights of bloggers, Warren Kremer Paino Advertising agency voluntarily dismissed its multi-million dollar federal lawsuit against Lance Dutson, a Media Bloggers Association member targeted for the content of his blog's reporting and commentary. Gregory W. Herbert, an attorney with the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, represented Dutson pro bono as lead counsel.

The decision to withdraw the lawsuit comes on the heels of a media campaign orchestrated by the Media Bloggers Association on behalf of MBA Member Lance Dutson. Hundreds of bloggers responded to the MBA's call to arms and were joined by media outlets around the world in highlighting the heavy-handed tactics of the state contractor.

"The story of this case is how Internet users have discovered a powerful and instantaneous new weapon in the battle to protect First Amendment rights from conventional attacks launched through the often sluggish and expensive court system," said Herbert, who focuses his practice on Media law.

The Association's General Counsel Ronald Coleman of the Coleman Law Firm and private attorney Jon Stanley assisted with the defense. The lawsuit, which alleged copyright infringement and defamation, was filed in the U.S. District Court in Maine.

About Gregory W. Herbert

Gregory W. Herbert is an accomplished member of the Litigation Department of Greenberg Traurig's Orlando, Florida office. His practice focuses on media law and First Amendment/defamation litigation, complex commercial litigation, and intellectual property litigation.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international law firm with 1,500 attorneys and governmental affairs professionals in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The firm is eighth on The National Law Journal's NLJ 250 listing of the largest law firms in the U.S. and seventh among The American Lawyer's Am Law 100, based on number of lawyers.

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