Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Committee v Does (Northern District of California)
The campaign committee for Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul sued two Doe defendants in the federal district court in San Francisco over a campaign video that they created attacking Jon Hunstman as being too close to China, in part by showing Hunstman with his adopted Chinese daughters and by showing his fluency in Mandarin; the viedo also asks whether Hunstman really adopted the children. The complaint alleges that, because the closing screen in the video contains the words “Vote Ron Paul,” it falsely implies that Paul endorsed the video and hence infringes Paul’s common law trademark; at the same time it alleges that the screen defames him by falsely suggesting that he endorses the sentiments in the video. After filing the complaint, Paul moved for expedited discovery to compel Twitter and Google to identify the Does.
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