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Juniper Drops Message Board Suit

Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) has dropped its case against several, yet-unidentified Light Reading message board users, according to court filings.

“We resolved the matter, so we dismissed the suit," says Juniper spokeswoman Susan Ursch, in an email response to Light Reading. "I have nothing further to add to this," her email continued.

The Sunnyvale, Calif., company filed a lawsuit in the California Superior Court of Santa Clara on December 14 claiming that it had been defamed and libeled by up to 10 persons unknown. (See Juniper Sues LR Message Boarders.)

These persons, referred to as "Does 1-10" in the court complaint (as in "John Doe," or anonymous), are being accused by Juniper of posting harmful statements about the company and its executives on Light Reading's message boards.

In a court filing dated March 9, however, Juniper asked the court to dismiss the case without prejudice. The move was cheered by Light Reading executives, who had been watching the case with interest.

"I'm glad that Juniper seems to have finally come to its senses," says Light Reading founder Stephen Saunders.

Saunders had nothing further to add to this.

What is still unknown is whether or not Juniper ever uncovered the identities of "Does 1-10." The company's complaint cited several messages that got the company riled up, and most those messages allege that Juniper is bribing lawyers and spying on its employees.

One message cited in the December 14 complaint was of an April 21 post to Light Reading's boards. According to the complaint, it said the "top management" at Juniper bribes attorneys, and that "the man at the top should join his buddy Bernie [Ebers (sic)]..."

Another message singled out in the complaint says: "This is a very unethical company."

The lawsuit against anonymous message board users got the attention of dozens of media outlets, including BusinessWeek and several others. The Light Reading news story revealing the suit received more than 50,000 page views just days after being published.

One thing the lawsuit failed to do is silence folks from having their say about Juniper and its business. (See Juniper's Marketing Mystery.) A Light Reading poll on the topic quickly garnered 1,337 responses and an overwhelming percentage of those folks -- 71 percent -- said Juniper was not doing the right thing by suing. (See Poll: Juniper Lawsuit Still a Bad Move.)

"I am flabergasted that you are willing to spend your precious time and money to embark on this witch hunt," wrote a Light Reading message board user, in a comment directed to Juniper CEO Scott Kriens. As this story was going to press, we checked the boards to see if that poster would elaborate.

He had nothing further to add to this.

— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading

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DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:01:47 AM
re: Juniper Drops Message Board Suit Does anyone have anything further to add to this?
fengster 12/5/2012 | 4:01:46 AM
re: Juniper Drops Message Board Suit does she now ?
OpticOm 12/5/2012 | 4:01:46 AM
re: Juniper Drops Message Board Suit Could it be that there was some truth in those postings?
paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:01:45 AM
re: Juniper Drops Message Board Suit
Dateline - Internet 3/16/06

Juniper CEO Alfred E. Newman dropped a lawsuit today that alleged that many Light Reading Message Board members were naughty. In a press release, AEN said, "What me worry?"

One can imagine the Board of Directors meeting that occurred just after this suit was filed. The BoD said, "Alfred, are you insane? Is Issac Hayes your mentor? We heard that you were about to sue a Cisco employee's Great Dane for peeing on a Juniper Tree. Stop this silliness, or we will say Ni! to you again. Ni!"

Filed by Dan Rather and other competent news sources.


seven
gothal 12/5/2012 | 4:01:45 AM
re: Juniper Drops Message Board Suit
There is a rumour going around that Ericsson is considering buying Juniper. Does this have anything to do with dropping the lawsuit?

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optical 12/5/2012 | 4:01:45 AM
re: Juniper Drops Message Board Suit I have been holding back this post in light of the threatening lawsuit, but I am now free to say it.....I think the Juniper execs are a bunch of turd balls!


there i said it and I feel so much better. you don't think they'll refile now do you?
paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:01:44 AM
re: Juniper Drops Message Board Suit
Dang it!

Stop supporting me and lets see if we can get sued!

seven

Stevery 12/5/2012 | 4:01:44 AM
re: Juniper Drops Message Board Suit There is a rumour going around that Ericsson is considering buying Juniper. Does this have anything to do with dropping the lawsuit?

Doubtful. I think B7 was on the right track -- someone on the board finally knocked some sense into the CEO:

1. The lawsuit was a low payoff distraction
2. Filing the lawsuit lent credence to the original posts because, obviously, the posts hit a nerve.
matahari 12/5/2012 | 4:01:43 AM
re: Juniper Drops Message Board Suit This can only mean the rumor was true.
The company's management is pathetic. They
should kiss the engineers' feet for making
products which sell itself and creating the
illusion these people actually did something.

Oh.. should I add a disclaimer that I am so
sleep deprived I have no idea what I am
typing in case they decide to create another
distraction for a bad quarter? Maybe not,
since it must be an okay quarter now that
they don't need someone to point the finger to.




rightlight 12/5/2012 | 4:01:38 AM
re: Juniper Drops Message Board Suit I think Juniper ended up getting more attention about the accusations that's why they dropped it. You noticed she had "nothing further to add".

Face it, when someone calls you a shithead, better to ignore it then to get riled and file a lawsuit. Then everybody remembers you were called a shithead. Doesn't matter whether you are truely a shithead or not, everybody remembers you were called one.

Whether true or not, I bet a lot more people are wondering if Juniper reads employees email (form of spying which is legal if stated in employee handbook).
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