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Ford going back to court to stop web site.

Ford Motor Co. is going back to court to force a Mustang enthusiast to stop putting confidential company information on his web site, the company announced in October. The enthusiast, Robert Lane, has fired back with a $15 million counterclaim against Ford, claiming the company tampered with his site and illegally tried to silence him.

Ford lost in a September ruling by U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds, who said that, while Ford had a strong case, blocking Lane from putting the documents on the Web would be an illegal prior restraint of speech.

The judge also ordered Lane not to destroy Ford documents in his possession, to not violate copyrights and to not solicit information from Ford employees. Ford spokesman Jim Cain said the company believes Lane is still publishing copyrighted material and trade secrets. Lane's attorney said the Ford suit was a SLAPP suit -- a strategic lawsuit against public participation -- and an attempt to silence his client.

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Publication:The Quill
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 1999
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