Professor Donald Jones dropped his multi-million-dollar lawsuit "Jones v Minkin" against the parent of Abovethelaw.com et al.
That was less than 24 hours after the blosophere, especially the front-lines of legal digital media, went on steroids with this story. This viral messaging weighed in negatively against Jones. The arguments ranged from First Amendment rights to the stupidity of trying to allegedly reset search engines carrying the October 2007 ATL coverage by a lawsuit which would bring only more high-ranking posts on the search engines. It's obvious that ATL and its merry band of linkers have the Google Juice.
So, the evidence tends to favor the hypothesis: This was a major victory for the influence and power of the blogosphere. It will go down in case studies in books and articles on social media as the late 2009 example of how non-establishment citizen journalists can and did stop a lawsuit in its tracks. This dethrones that oft-cited classic example of tweets making J&J cave on Motrin ads.
God bless legal bloggers, each and every one. And, have a nice Thanksgiving, Professor Jones.