‘Miami Herald’ Drops Demand Against Yahoo!


(AP) The Miami Herald has dropped its demand that Yahoo! reveal identities of three subscribers of the Internet provider who allegedly sent defamatory e-mails to the newspaper’s employees about their bosses.

The Herald filed for dismissal June 25 in circuit court in Miami, a month after seeking the identities.

Herald general counsel Robert Beatty would not say whether the paper learned the names.

“We’re very satisfied with the outcome,” he said Wednesday. “The matter is over.”

He did say that since filing the petition, no similar e-mails have been received.

The e-mails were sent between January 2002 and last March. One of them was titled “stupid management tricks” and referred to a management employee as a “Psycho,” the original filing alleged.

The Herald called the statements malicious and defamatory.

Yahoo! spokeswoman Mary Osako declined comment Wednesday.

The Internet provider does not disclose personal information without a subscriber’s permission unless it is responding to a court order, among other reasons, according to its Web site.

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