Eclipse Drops Blogger Hunt

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Within a week of the departure of former CEO Vern Raburn, the new management of Eclipse Aviation has reportedly dropped all court actions aimed at uncovering the identities of bloggers who had uncomplimentary things to say about Eclipse. The company had asked the courts to order Google to release the identities and IP addresses of about 30 contributors to EclipseCriticNG in an attempt to ferret out employees (who are covered by strict non-disclosure agreements) it believed were supplying insider information to the blog site. "Basically, [Eclipse] caved," EclipseCriticNG overseer Shane Price told AVweb.

Shortly after the court action was launched, several of the named bloggers and some who hadn't been named began organizing a defense that ultimately convince the company to withdraw actions launched in New Mexico and California, Price said. Of course EclipseCriticNG has been lively with discussion in recent days with the surprise departure of Raburn in a very public fashion on the opening day of EAA AirVenture last week.