Open Letter to the allnurses Community Regarding the Achieve Test Prep Litigation

allnurses will continue to defend the rights of its users to engage in constitutionally protected speech and to openly discuss issues of concern to the nursing community at large.

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To the allnurses community,

As many of you are already aware, allnurses is the target of a lawsuit by East Coast Test Prep, LLC which operates Achieve Test Prep. allnurses has and continues to vigorously deny the allegations in Achieve Test Prep's lawsuit and will continue to fight this meritless litigation. The lawsuit claims that certain comments on allnurses regarding Achieve Test Prep were defamatory and Achieve Test Prep has sought to name those users as defendants in the lawsuit.

Achieve Test Prep has demanded that allnurses turn over any personally identifying information in its possession regarding the users named in the Complaint. To the extent it has any identifying information, allnurses has refused to comply with these discovery requests and has not released any identifying information of any allnurses user. In response to allnurses' objections, Achieve Test Prep has brought a motion to compel the disclosure of this information over allnurses' objections. More information about Achieve Test Prep's motion is available on the court ordered notice page here.

We at allnurses understand that the ability of our members to post anonymously under their usernames is critical to allowing the nursing community to discuss important and contentious issues openly and honestly. allnurses values and will continue to defend the First Amendment rights of its users to engage in protected anonymous speech and will protect from disclosure any identifying information to the fullest extent possible.

allnurses has become the world's leading nursing community based on the contributions and efforts of its members and we are extremely thankful for all that you do. The interests of the allnurses community has and will continue to guide us in responding to this litigation. allnurses is confident that the rights of its users, and the broader internet community, to engage in anonymous speech will be protected by the court just as they have been protected by other courts throughout the United States. allnurses will continue to defend the rights of its users to engage in constitutionally protected speech and to openly discuss issues of concern to the nursing community at large.

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