A Manhattan judge ordered Google to reveal the identity of an anonymous blogger — and it did. You can read the NY Post’s account of the sordid details here. It involved a New York model who was angry with another model with some comments made about her. She retaliated by calling her a “liar” and and “whore” on an anonymous blog. She would have been legally sound with statements of opinion, but statements of fact can be challenged as defamatory.
Here’s the FindLaw update on the case — essentially telling us this was an isolated case and we shouldn’t worry too much about an impact on anonymous speech on the Internet. There’s no explanation about why Google didn’t appeal the ruling to a federal court. Perhaps they figured it wasn’t worth the fight. The Federalist Papers were published anonymously, after all, but James Madison wasn’t calling anyone a “skank.”