A Michigan lawyer who described himself as a “bad-ass lawyer” on Twitter has lost an appeal seeking to reinstate his suit against the writer of a parody Twitter account.In a May 19 opinion (PDF), the Michigan Court of Appeals cited the First Amendment and refused to reinstate the suit filed by lawyer Todd Levitt, report the Volokh Conspiracy and TechDirt. The author was a student at Central Michigan University where Levitt was an adjunct professor.The court found that the defendant’s tweets “are a parody and cannot reasonably be interpreted as coming from Levitt, an attorney and college professor. The cited tweets ridicule and demean the legal profession, as well as Levitt’s status as an attorney and a college professor.”The parody account was labeled “Todd Levitt 2.0 @levittlawyer” and included a photo of Levitt and a logo used by his law firm. The writer did, however, post several tweets stating that the account was a parody, including one describing the account as “a badass parody of our favorite lawyer.”Levitt’s real Twitter account, since deleted, referenced alcohol and marijuana several times, the court said. One tweet said, “Mr. Jimmy Beam just confirmed a guest appearance in class next week.” Another was an… Read full this story
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