Alvis Coatings v John Does 1 through 10 (U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina)
A company that sells franchises for a liquid coating product that supposedly substitutes for siding sued Does who posted allegedly defamatory comments on message boards hosted by home improvement companies, citing numerous posts and alleging that they were false and malicious. The Does had posted, on several different home-improvement bulletin boards, messages denouncing Alvis' products as inferior, its marketing as fraudulent, and its principal officer as a criminal. The suit alleged that the messages had been posted by business competitors. Doe moved to quash, citing the Dendrite line of cases. In response, Alvis submitted an affidavit describing the statements in the identified posts that were false, and explaining in what respect each of them was false. The court enforced the subpoena, reasoning that no reason had been given to doubt the credibility of Alvis' evidence of falsity.
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