An Austin, Texas, attorney who has the same name as a defendant in an Internet libel suit that has drawn national media attention has asked an attorney for the plaintiffs to amend the complaint in that suit to clarify who the defendant actually is.

Matthew C. Ryan, a partner in Allensworth and Porter and an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law, made the request Aug. 13 to Mark A. Lemley, attorney for two Yale Law School students who filed Doe I and Doe II v. Ryan in 2007 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Ryan the attorney says he asked Lemley, a professor at Stanford Law School who is of counsel at Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco, to add clarifying information to the Doe I complaint that identifies Ryan the defendant.

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