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Ron Coleman (legal scholar)

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Ron Coleman
Born Ronald David Coleman
(1963-03-11) March 11, 1963 (age 53)
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, a partner in a New York commercial law firm and formerly general counsel of the now-defunct 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 William A. Jacobson,[12] Rogers Cadenhead,[13] Lance Dutson,[14] Joan Stewart,[15] Kevin Aylward,[16] Patrick "Patterico" Frey, [17] Katherine Coble[18] Jeffrey Wright,[19] Michael Bates,[20] Mandy Nagy[21] and Ace of Spades HQ.[22]

Other legal work that has drawn attention include his representation of businesses and personalities in disputes over the use of intellectual property on and off the Internet.[23][24][25] These include his legal defense[26] of copyright infringement claims [27] against former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin and SarahPAC for using a thumbnail version of the Raising the Flag at Ground Zero photo on Facebook, his experience with respect to Web-based defamation claims[28][29] and the lawsuit he filed on behalf of independent shoe designer Antonio Brown against LVMH for trademark infringement.[30][31] Coleman also participated, as co-counsel with Marc Randazza, in the legal representation of various defendants involved in the Righthaven "copyright troll" litigation [32] [33] and has represented Simon Tam and his band The Slants in their appeal of the refusal of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to register the band's name as a trademark.[34] As a result of the confluence of the case involving The Slants trademark with the Washington Redskins trademark dispute, Coleman has been quoted in press reports concerning the issue's rising prominence.[35]

A graduate of Princeton University and Northwestern University School of Law, Coleman is credited[36] 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. He also studied in a number of Jewish Orthodox institutes prior to beginning his law practice, the longest period having been spent at Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin. He has been actively involved in litigation involving orthodox Jewish causes[37][38][39] and representation of communal institutions.[40] He is affiliated with Agudath Israel of America.[41]


  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. "Legal Insurrection: Legal Insurrection is 5 years old". Retrieved October 3, 2014. 
  13. "Citizen Media Law Project: Associated Press v. Drudge Retort". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  14. "Instapundit: Maine Blog Libel Suit Update". Retrieved May 5, 2006. 
  15. "Citizen Media Law Project: Nomvuyo Mzamane v. Huffington Post". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  16. "Wizbang Blog: "When Naked Anchors Attack!"". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  17. "Popehat Blog: Victory For Blogger Patterico In Free Speech Case". Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  18. "Citizen Media Law Project: JL Kirk Associates v. Coble". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  19. "The Lawyers Who Won". Retrieved November 30, 2010. 
  20. "Batesline Blog: "A formal response to the Whirled"". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  21. "Legal Insurrection "Brett Kimberlin federal lawsuit – Frey and Nagy Motion to Dismiss"". Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  22. "Hogewash Blog "In Re RICO Madness"". Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  23. "Eric Goldman Technology & Marketing Law Blog: "Buying for the Home v. Humble Abode Settles"". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  24. "Intel4Intelligence Blog: "Monopolize And Poke Out Their Eyes"". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  25. "SEM Report Card blog: "A Consumer Generated Media Nightmare: When A Gripe Site Is Manipulated By A Competitor"". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  26. "New Jersey Law Journal: "Sarah Palin Files Motion for Dismissal Against NJMG"". Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  27. "Politico blog: "Sarah Palin PAC sued over Sept. 11 photo"". Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  28. "Internet Cases blog: "What’s the story about the Maine blogger lawsuit?"". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  29. "Washington Examiner: "Shirley Sherrod unlikely to succeed in court against Andrew Breitbart"". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  30. "Upstart Business Journal: "Why sneaker entrepreneur Antonio Brown is suing Louis Vuitton"". Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  31. "NY Daily News: "Shoe designer Antonio Brown claims Louis Vuitton committed trademark infringement with footwear confusingly similar to his LVL XIII brand"". Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  32. "Sites and Blogs blog: "Media Bloggers Association Stands Up to Righthaven"". Retrieved March 15, 2011. 
  33. "Las Vegas Sun: "Attorneys Say New Evidence Shows Fraud by Righthaven"". Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  34. "Portland Business Journal: "The Slants lose trademark appeal, ask, what if 'Rolling Stones' name was literal?"". Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  35. "World Intellectual Property Review: "All in the Best Possible Taste"". Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  36. "Sundries Shack Blog: "Flushed with JournoList Success, The Daily Caller Produces Something That Should Be Flushed."". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  37. "Hasidic Jews Reject Evil Text Messaging, Sprint Service". Retrieved October 3, 2014. 
  38. "New Jersey Law Challenged in Court by Agudath Israel of America and Nefesh". Retrieved October 3, 2014. 
  39. "Message from the Agudath Israel New Jersey office". Retrieved October 3, 2014. 
  40. "Heroes Of Summer". Retrieved October 3, 2014. 
  41. "The Yeshiva World Blog: "Agudath Israel Halacha Conference set to open"". Retrieved September 14, 2014. 

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