Yahoo acknowledged releasing personal user information about the writers to the Chinese government, but said it had to comply with the country's lawful request and therefore cannot be held liable. Its 40-page response was filed yesterday in U.S. District Court for Northern California.
I just got hold of the original documents that Yahoo! filed. Four PDF's:
- SPECIALLY APPEARING DEFENDANT YAHOO! HONG KONG LIMITED’S NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION TO DISMISS FOR LACK OF PERSONAL JURISDICTION
- MOTION TO DISMISS PLAINTIFFS' SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT
- ALTERNATIVE MOTION FOR A MORE DEFINITE STATEMENT
- SPECIAL MOTION TO STRIKE PLAINTIFFS’ STATE LAW CAUSES OF ACTION PURSUANT TO THE CALIFORNIA ANTI-SLAPP STATUTE
I have not had a chance to through them in detail yet. It would be great to know the legal opinions of any lawyers out there.
For further reference, here are three original PDF documents posted by the World Organization for Human Rights, which is representing the families of Wang and Shi:
- Complaint against Yahoo!
- Yahoo!: Plaintiff's second amended complaint, adding Chinese journalist Shi Tao as a plaintiff
- Court's Denial of Yahoo's request for early case management and bifurcation of issues
Previous blog posts I have written with relevance to this case:
- Victims' lawsuit against Yahoo! (April 20th)
The Yahoo! lawsuit: picking through Chinese and English legal documents (April 20th)
- Shi Tao's case: Yahoo! knew more than they claimed (July 29th)
- More Yahoo! China documents emerge (July 31st)