From today's Wired blog:
A Michigan judge is dismissing a lawsuit brought by a plastic surgery firm against a Web site that posted its readers' critical reviews of the firm's cosmetic services.
The suit by Lifestyle Lift Holding Inc claimed infomercialscams.com of violating its trademarks because Lifestyle's trademarked name appeared on the URLs of infomercialscams.com.
Ruling from the bench, Judge Arthur Tarnow on Friday agreed with the defendant that infomercialscams.com was exercising free speech. Tarnow said the URLs did not confuse web users to mistakenly believe that the infomercialscams.com site was related to Lifestyle Lift Holding.
Many of the online complaints were from women who said they had a face-lift after seeing Lifestyle's infomercials. One woman claimed she lost hearing in one ear. Another said "every week my face proceeds to return to the way it was before the lift." Another said, "I feel ripped off."
The lawsuit was a bid to stifle free speech, according to Public Citizen, which defended the case.