A middle school assistant principal sued five students (and their parents) for creating fake social media accounts in his name and then using those accounts to generally make him look as ridiculous as possible. According to the plaintiff (Adam Matot), these fake accounts were used to post material, some of it obscene, which “caused his reputation to be diminished.”

But a court has ruled that his use of a federal anti hacking law may be improper and has dismissed one of the defendants. Matot has asked for leave to amend his claim to include a RICO count. RICO is short for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations act, laws which the government has used against drug cartels and the mob.

Read commentary here in the techdirt blog