Ron Coleman (legal scholar)

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Ron Coleman
Born Ronald David Coleman
(1963-03-11) March 11, 1963 (age 51)
Queens, New York
Residence New Jersey
Nationality American
Other names "The IP maven"
Alma mater Princeton University, 1985
Northwestern University School of Law, 1988
Occupation Commercial litigation, business and trademark / copyright lawyer
Employer Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP
New York
New Jersey
Known for Law relating blogging, blog-related lawyering; commercial, trademark and copyright litigation
Relatives Jane Coleman, Lawyer and Legal Editor -- Author of Secondary Trademark Infringement online treatise (spouse)

Ronald David Coleman (born March 11, 1963) is a lawyer and legal blogger[1] who is known[2][3] for his work in the areas of First Amendment and intellectual property rights, especially pertaining to the Internet,[4] and particularly in his role as author of the Likelihood of Confusion blawg. He served briefly as an adjunct professor of law at Seton Hall University, and is a frequent lecturer and writer on legal issues.[5]

Coleman, general counsel of the Media Bloggers Association, wrote the first article on Internet law in the American Bar Association Journal in 1995. Coleman also co-authored a chapter entitled Responses to Complaints in the first edition of the American Bar Association Litigation Section's treatise, Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts,[6] was the principal author of an American Bar Association public education work on consumer law[7] and wrote the Princeton Review Pre-Law Companion[8] for aspiring law students. He was also a contributing editor for the American Bar Association publication, Student Lawyer, during the 1980s, winning a Chicago Newspaper Guild Stick-O-Type Award for Feature Writing in 1987 for his work there.

Coleman represented Steven Brodsky in the early cybersquatting dispute Jews for Jesus v. Brodsky (in 1998)[9] and The National Debate's online parody of The New York Times's corrections page against legal threats by the paper.[10] Coleman has subsequently become associated with the defending the rights of bloggers.[11] Other reported blogger clients include Rogers Cadenhead,[12] Lance Dutson,[13] Joan Stewart,[14] Kevin Aylward,[15] Patrick "Patterico" Frey, [16] Katherine Coble[17] Jeffrey Wright[18] and Michael Bates.[19] He has also drawn attention in connection with his representation of businesses in disputes over the use of intellectual property on the Internet,[20][21][22] and his experience with respect to Web-based defamation claims.[23][24] Coleman has also, on behalf of the Media Bloggers Association, participated in the legal representation of various defendants involved in the Righthaven "copyright troll" litigation. [25] [26]

A graduate of Princeton University and Northwestern University School of Law, Coleman is credited[27] with coining the term "blogola" to refer to supposedly illicit consideration given to bloggers in return for favorable reviews or other mentions of products or services in their blog postings.


  1. ^ "Instapundit". Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Washington Examiner - Politico accuses 'The College Politico' of trademark infringement". Retrieved November 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Vegas Inc - Righthaven hurts news industry, one ruling at a time". Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Public Citizen Consumer Law and Policy Blog - Ascentive v. Opinion Corp. – An Excellent Trademark Decision Emerges from Litigation Between Two Apparently Sleazy Companies". Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Cornell LII Legal Information Institute - Legal Services & Lawyers - Ronald D. Coleman - Publications & Talks". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  6. ^ Robert L. Haig (ed.). “Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts." St. Paul: West Group, 1998.
  7. ^ The American Bar Association. “The American Bar Association Guide to Consumer Law." New York: Random House, 1997.
  8. ^ Coleman, Ronald. “The Princeton Review Pre-Law Companion." New York: Random House, 1996.
  9. ^ Richtel, Matt (May 28, 1998). "New York Times, "You Can't Always Judge a Domain By its Name"". Retrieved October 11, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Chilling Effects Clearinghouse - Responses - Notices - "TheNationalDebate Responds to NYT Threat"". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  11. ^ "ABA Journal - THE NATIONAL PULSE - "Fear of Blogging: As the Law Catches Up to the Technology, Bloggers Look for a Few Good Attorneys"". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Citizen Media Law Project: Associated Press v. Drudge Retort". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Instapundit: Maine Blog Libel Suit Update". Retrieved May 5, 2006. 
  14. ^ "Citizen Media Law Project: Nomvuyo Mzamane v. Huffington Post". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Wizbang Blog: "When Naked Anchors Attack!"". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Judge ALlows Breitbart Suit to Proceed". Retrieved February 15, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Citizen Media Law Project: JL Kirk Associates v. Coble". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  18. ^ "The Lawyers Who Won". Retrieved November 30, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Batesline Blog: "A formal response to the Whirled"". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Eric Goldman Technology & Marketing Law Blog: "Buying for the Home v. Humble Abode Settles"". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Intel4Intelligence Blog: "Monopolize And Poke Out Their Eyes"". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  22. ^ "SEM Report Card blog: "A Consumer Generated Media Nightmare: When A Gripe Site Is Manipulated By A Competitor"". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Internet Cases blog: "What’s the story about the Maine blogger lawsuit?"". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Washington Examiner: "Shirley Sherrod unlikely to succeed in court against Andrew Breitbart"". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Sites and Blogs blog: "Media Bloggers Association Stands Up to Righthaven"". Retrieved March 15, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Las Vegas Sun: "Attorneys Say New Evidence Shows Fraud by Righthaven"". Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Sundries Shack Blog: "Flushed with JournoList Success, The Daily Caller Produces Something That Should Be Flushed."". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 

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