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Jun 2, 2011

Legal gossip forum Firm Spy shot down

Notorious legal eagle gossip site Firm Spy has had its account suspended, just days after Arnold Bloch Leibler called for it to remove a post for linking the leading law firm to pro-Hitler merchandise.

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Notorious legal eagle gossip site Firm Spy has had its account suspended, just days after Arnold Bloch Leibler called for it to remove a post for linking the leading law firm to pro-Hitler merchandise.

While the reasons are unclear for the website’s removal, ABL senior partner Mark Leibler told StartupSmart last Friday Firm Spy had implied the law firm “condones the distribution of pro-Hitler merchandise” because a post had associated them with the sale of the “Hipster Hitler” t-shirt on art retail site RedBubble.

Leibler was not asked whether he or his firm would take legal action against Firm Spy for the post.

The site is inaccessible this morning, however Google cache reveals the last story to be published on the site was in relation to a bullying allegation at the Brisbane office of a global law firm. Billing itself as a team of anonymous lawyers and bankers with a “common vision of sharing the finest legal and commercial news” and popular amongst the legal fraternity, Firm Spy specialises in publishing contentious memos, emails and gossip leaked from the big end of town.

In regards to inaccuracies or complaints, the mysterious administrators behind the site say they “aim to ensure that all the information we publish is accurate and current” and that they are happy to make corrections if any reports are inaccurate.

“Equally, if you disagree with our opinions or other aspects of our reportage, we’d be happy to publish your response or, if necessary, a correction,” the site says. “The last thing we’d want to do is defame anybody.”

Firm Spy did not respond by deadline to Crikey’s last minute request for comment

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