EFF is defending the First Amendment rights of a citizen-journalist to link from a public "wiki" to electronic copies of damaging internal Eli Lilly documents relating to the controversial prescription drug Zyprexa. EFF's client, an anonymous citizen-journalist, posted the links on the wiki. Eli Lilly complained, and Judge Weinstein issued his order on January 4. Nonparties in the litigation have the right to link to publicly important information, and EFF has challenged this order as an unconstitutional prior restraint on free speech in violation of the First Amendment. Preventing a citizen-journalist from posting links to important health information on a public wiki violates the First Amendment. According to The New York Times reports, the Eli Lilly documents show that the company intentionally downplayed the drug's side effects, including weight gain, high blood sugar, and diabetes, and marketed the drug for "off-label" uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The documents were leaked from the ongoing Zyprexa products liability lawsuit, where Weinstein is the presiding judge. Copies of the leaked Eli Lilly documents have appeared on a variety of websites and other Internet sources. The links to the documents that were posted on the wiki were part of an extensive, in-depth analysis from a number of citizen journalists. A wiki is a website that allows many users to collaborate on its content, creating a kind of simple database for collecting information -- in this case, about the controversy surrounding Zyprexa. This latest settlement brings the total paid by Eli Lilly to resolve lawsuits involving Zyprexa to more than $1.2 billion.
This is the joint memorandum of points & authorities in opposition to Eli Lilly's Request to extend the 01-04-07 temporary mandatory injunction. The nonparties are: Mindfreedom International, Judi Chamberlin, Robert Whitaker, Vera Sharav, David Cohen, Alliance for Human Research Protection & John Doe.
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