Twitter Inc., Unknown Posters Sued by Athlete Known as ‘CTB’ at U.K. Court

Twitter Inc. and some of its users were sued by an entity known as “CTB” in London, according to a court filing.

While the document gave no details, CTB are the initials used by the court in a separate lawsuit to refer to an athlete who won an anonymity order banning the media from publishing stories about his alleged affair with a reality-television star.

The Twitter suit was filed May 18 at the High Court in London according to court records, and named as defendants the San Francisco-based company and “persons unknown responsible for the publication of information on the Twitter accounts” listed in confidential court documents.

A Twitter user on May 8 posted a series of messages claiming a number of U.K. celebrities had received so-called super-injunctions and made claims detailing the activities that the people had sought to keep out of the public eye.

“We are unable to comment,” Matt Graves, a Twitter spokesman, said today in an e-mail.

Daniel Ingram-Fletcher, a spokesman for the law firm representing CTB, didn’t respond to a message seeking comment.

James Quartermaine, a lawyer at Charles Russell in London said today that Twitter is unlikely to cooperate and the suit is probably intended to deter people from breaking injunctions on the Web.

“Twitter will probably just ignore it and consider it to be offensive to their first amendment rights,” he said in a telephone interview. “It’s probably an attempt to try and show that actions have consequences in cyberspace.”

The case is CTB v. Twitter Inc., Persons Unknown, High Court of Justice (Queens Bench Division), HQ11X01814.

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