The Hartford Courant reports that two former Yale University law school students have quietly settled a high-profile lawsuit they brought against about two dozen anonymous authors who reportedly defamed and threatened them by posting malicious falsehoods on an internet message board. The terms of the settlement are confidential, though court records say attorneys for the women were able to identify eight or nine of the anonymous posters and settled with some of them. The women, who have now completed law school, sued for monetary damages in U.S. District Court in Hartford, claiming defamation by anonymous posters to AutoAdmit, an internet discussion site frequented by law students and used as a research tool by law firm recruiters. One of the women said in the suit that false material posted on AutoAdmit cost her a legal internship. When the women sued in 2007, they created a stir among experts in the emerging field of internet law. Congress enacted legislation in the 1990s that characterizes web sites as intermediaries and protects those that carry defamatory postings from lawsuits, leaving victims with the daunting option of trying to identify and bring suit against anonymous posters. David N. Rosen, a New Haven attorney who represented the women, said the suit’s success in tracking down reckless internet posters who hide behind a veil of anonymity could lead to self-policing among posters…

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