Merkey v. Yahoo SCOX Groklaw et. al.
A case brought in a US district court by a Utah man threatens to undermine the First Amendment right to speak anonymously on issues of public concern. In Merkey v. Yahoo SCOX et al. the plaintiff requested an expedited process for serving subpoenas that would unmask anonymous "John Doe" critics who participated in a discussion of another court case in which Utah-based technology company The SCO Group Inc. is suing IBM.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) along with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Utah has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case arguing that a court must review the merits of a litigant's claims before legal process can expose the true names of online Does.