October 1998 to August 1999: Robert Lane operates blueovalnews.com, first posting Ford press releases, later posting secret internal documents.
Aug. 23: Ford tells Lane it will sue him to block posting of company documents.
Aug. 24: Prior to a hearing in U.S. District Court, Lane scans and posts more than 100 documents.
Aug. 25: Ford wins a temporary restraining order from the U.S. District Court in Detroit, prohibiting Lane from posting any more Ford documents. He stops posting late in the afternoon when a copy of the order is delivered to his home.
Aug. 27: After receiving a letter from Ford's lawyers, Lane's Internet service provider, CommuniTech.net of Kansas City, Mo., pulls Lane's site.
Aug. 31: Ford argues for a preliminary injunction in court; Lane claims a First Amendment right to use any information he is sent. The court orders Ford to help reinstate the Web site without the disputed documents.
Sept. 7: Temporary restraining order will expire; Judge Nancy Edmunds is scheduled to decide whether to grant Ford a preliminary injunction.