Attempt to Vanish My Article About Attempt to Vanish Other Articles
NOTICE TYPE: Defamation
Legal Complaint: Google provided this person with my confidential court order….
URLS OF ALLEGEDLY DEFAMATORY MATERIAL: https://reason.com/volokh/2020/11/24/overbroad-injunction-used-to-try-to-vanish-articles-about-daughters-property-lawsuit-against-father/
The order I wrote about was attached to the request. There was no indication, though, of what was supposedly defamatory about what I wrote; and though the request claims the court order is confidential, that’s not true: I just confirmed that the order is available on the Miami-Dade County court records site (search for local case number 2012-044972-CA-01 and go to docket number 38).
I e-mailed Ms. Hyman to ask her for some more explanation for what was thought to be defamatory or confidential here. I can’t be sure that she was the one who submitted this request, directly or through an agent, but she would seem to be the likely beneficiary; and in December she had e-mailed me to ask me to remove my post, though I said no to that request. I have not heard back from her, but if I do, I will post an update.
Here’s the original post:
Alex Daoud had been mayor of Miami Beach from 1985 to 1991, but was then convicted of bribery and various other charges. Some years later, he arranged a real estate deal together with his daughter, Kelly Hyman (a lawyer and occasional political commentator)—but that went bad, and led her to sue him. The case dragged on for years, and unsurprisingly got a good deal of media coverage, such as in the Miami Herald, on the local CBS affiliate, and in the Real Deal (South Florida Real Estate News).
Hyman also alleged that Daoud or people working with him had posted various derogatory things about Hyman and her family (which includes her husband Paul Hyman, a retired federal bankruptcy judge), at sites named “atrociousattorney.com,” “avariciousadulteress.com,” “despicable
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