Avvo sued over lawyer rating system – Update 3

Hi Friends,

A class action law suit was filed today against Avvo. You can get more information from LexBlog’s Kevin O’Keefe’s blog and/or read the complaint. Kevin has some additional commentary and resources about the case, so news.justia.com (which is in pre-alpha). The complaint and other case documents, as they are filed, can be found on our Avvo case (Browne et al v. Avvo Inc et al) tracking page . You can then get daily updates and download new filings, and even track updates for the case with a case specific RSS feed. (as you can do with any of the cases we are currently featuring).

We will add the Avvo case to those we are tracking on news.justia.com (which is in pre-alpha) once the initial complaint is in the Western Washington Federal District Court’s electronic filing system. You can then get daily updates and download new filings, and even track updates for the case with a case specific RSS feed. (as you can do with any of the cases we are currently featuring). I will update this post once the documents are in our system with a link to the Avvo case page.

And while the litigation begins, the Avvo site continues to make adjustments. It looks the current Western Washington Federal District Judges are no longer Avvo rated. In fact it looks like there has been a large purge of judge ratings. Which I guess makes sense, as they are not practicing as lawyers, although I am not sure why they are even listed in the lawyer directory… shouldn’t you just remove judges? or at least note on their profile they are a judge and not available for hire. You don’t really want people trying to contact and hire judges, even “not rated” judges. Anyway we will see what happens.

UPDATE 1: Eric Goldman also has some interesting commentary on the Avvo case, and how it relates to the current Roomates.com case and the “additional layer of information” provided by a host site to that produced by users/visitors [ Eric Goldman's Roomates.com Blog Post | Judge Kozinski's 9th Circuit Decision].

UPDATE 2: We now have Avvo case (Browne et al v. Avvo Inc et al) in our news section. We will be checking for new documents in the case daily. You can track new documents in the Avvo case here or subscribe to an RSS feed to track new documents.

UPDATE 3: The Avvo case will be discussed on this weeks Lawyer 2 Lawyer Plaintiff John Henry Browne will join Carolyn Elefant and Denise Howell [DH's ZDNet Blog] in a discussion withBob Ambrogi and J Craig Williams. You can download the podcast of this conversation on Monday from the main Lawyer 2 Lawyer home page, or subscribe by RSS or through iTunes.

And Avvo Mark Britton’s statement on the law suit can be on the Avvo blog (as well as Bob Ambrogi’s LawSites, which was my original source for Mark’s comments).

Peace,

Tim


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