It was a misunderstanding -- one that could have been cleared up with a few Google searches and a phone call, but a misunderstanding nonetheless. Stratton called Perkins Coie and spoke to the attorney responsible for the letter. Her response, per Stratton:
The lawyer from Perkins Coie informed me this evening that I need to prove that I am not involved with Defaceable. (She also told me that I sound "guilty". Thanks)
If Stratton sounds guilty, what does Perkins Coie attorney Carla L. Reyes sound like? This is what happens when you unleash rabid legal beagles onto the InterWebs before they're housebroken.
TechCrunch reporter Sarah Perez tried to follow up with Perkins Coie, who sloughed her off onto Facebook's PR team, which ignored her for a while in typical Facebook fashion and then finally told her "the company's legal team will be following up with the commenter."
I suspect this will all go away fairly quickly, though not quickly enough to avoid having Facebook and its attorneys look like complete and utter tools. The good news for Stratton? Fortunately Tsotsis didn't post her test comment as "Apple," or he might be getting a C&D from the attorneys in Cupertino.
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This article, "The metamorphosis: How Facebook turned a comment into a lawsuit," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the crazy twists and turns of the tech industry with Robert X. Cringely's Notes from the Field blog, and subscribe to Cringely's Notes from the Underground newsletter.