"If someone is sued through defamation, the law stands to protect them," said Paul Levy, a lawyer with the Public Citizen Litigation Group. "In the meantime, the public has more information with which to make decisions. That's the right approach in a country which values giving everybody their say."
"Hadeed really did nothing to justify the need for the identity of the Does in this case," said Mr. Levy, who works at the D.C.-based nonprofit advocacy group Public Citizen. "It's going to make it more difficult for the marketplace of ideas to get valuable information about companies."