2H 2019 and Q1 2020 Quick Links, Part 4 (Section 230)

…property claims.” * Davidson v. Xcentric Ventures, 1:18-cv-11394-JCB (D. Mass. Aug. 15, 2019). Ripoff Report gets easy Section 230 win in pro se lawsuit. * Meyers v. Certified Guaranty Company…

Website Denied Section 230 for No Good Reason, Wins the Case Anyways–DF Pace v. Baker-White

…own words. See, e.g., Milo v. Martin. The “Ripoff Report” and “PissedConsumer” cases are also highly relevant here, because both of those sites ensure a negative context for the third-party…

1H 2019 Quick Links, Part 5 (Censorship, Defamation)

…* Maddox Defense, Inc. v. Geodata Systems Management, Inc., 2019-Ohio-1778 (Ohio Ct. App. May 9, 2019): “reasonable readers would assume the statements made on the Ripoff Report website are opinions”…

The California Supreme Court Didn’t Ruin Section 230 (Today)–Hassell v. Bird

…Court Fixes Erroneous 47 USC 230 Ruling–Giordano v. Romeo * Ripoff Report Ordered to Stop Publishing User-Submitted Report–Giordano v. Romeo * Ripoff Report Isn’t Bound By Injunction Against User Post–Blockowicz…

2H 2017 & Q1 2018 Quick Links, Part 3: Section 230, Consumer Reviews

…288 Or. App. 729 (Nov. 8, 2017): “a reasonable factfinder could conclude that the two statements at issue in defendant’s Ripoff Report posting—that “Chiefaircraft.com Has so many chargebacks on their…

Ripoff Report Is “Lucky” Plaintiff Didn’t Allege Extortion–Albert v. Ragland

…Yelp won an anti-SLAPP ruling based on Section 230. This ruling affirms Yelp’s $30k fee shift for winning that anti-SLAPP motion to strike. This ruling also affirms Ripoff Report’s anti-SLAPP…

First Circuit Rejects Copyright Workaround to Section 230–Small Justice v. Ripoff Report

…court says that Ripoff Report performed its end of the bargain by publishing DuPont’s reviews, mooting any consideration concerns. Goren also argued that Ripoff Report’s contract was void for public…

1H 2017 Quick Links, Part 6 (Defamation, Section 230, Consumer Reviews)

Defamation * Gillon v. Bernstein, Civ. No. 2:12-4891 (WJM) (D.N.J. Nov. 3, 2016). No liability for negative Ripoff Report. * Jackson v. Mayweather, 2017 WL 1131869 (Cal. Ct. App. March…

When Do Review Websites Commit Extortion?–Icon Health v. ConsumerAffairs

…design and operation of the website.” The court’s approach also implicitly conflicts with the many Ripoff Report and PissedConsumer rulings that addressed the review sites’ implementation. Despite this troubling discussion…

Lawsuit Against Ripoff Report Dropped After Discovery–Vision Security v. Xcentric (Guest Blog Post)

…conceded that Ripoff Report was entitled to immunity from suit under the federal Communications Decency Act. The impetus for the case was a post on Ripoff Report authored by a…