Hospital in Paris, Texas tries to issue legal suit against anonymous critical blogger

From the Houston Chronicle, we read of a case in Paris, Texas where a defamation lawsuit has been filed by a hospital there to reveal the identity of a blogger who has been severely critical of the hospital and their practices:

A state district judge has told lawyers for the hospital and the blogger that he plans within a week to order a Dallas Internet service provider to release the blogger’s name. The blogger’s lawyer, James Rodgers of Paris, said Tuesday he will appeal to preserve the man’s anonymity and right to speak without fear of retaliation.

20071001a.png The blog entitled “The-Paris-site” has been posting about the Paris Regional Medical Center since late 2005. The blog author, who goes by the pseudonym fac_p, believes that Essent Healthcare Inc. (the owners of the hospital) are ultimately looking for the names of some hospital employees who have either posted comments on his blog or who have given him inside information.

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