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…

Dozen Amicus Briefs Oppose the Worst Section 230 Ruling of 2016 (and One Supports It)–Hassell v. Bird

…the TJ Center and Katie Townsend, Bruce Brown, Gregg Leslie, and Ariel Glickman of RCFP. * Amicus Brief: Ripoff Report. By David Gingras of Gingras Law and Anette Beebe of…

Ten Worst Section 230 Rulings of 2016 (Plus the Five Best)

…nonconsensual pornography. * Manchanda v. Google * Fakhrian v. Google (California Appeals Court). Google can’t be required to de-index a Ripoff Report. Compare Hassell v. Bird. * Albert v. Yelp….

Ripoff Report Wins Lawsuit on Jurisdiction Grounds–Williams v. Dunn

Dunn posted a negative Ripoff Report about Williams. Williams asked Ripoff Report to remove it; he says Ripoff Report agreed to do so and then reneged. Williams sued Dunn for…

Court Rejects Effort to De-Index Search Results–Manchanda v. Google

Rahul Manchanda, an attorney, claims he was defamed in Ripoff Reports and elsewhere. In 2013, he obtained a restraining order against some of the authors in New York state court….

Blogger Doing Investigative Research Defeats Personal Jurisdiction–FireClean v. Tuohy

…Account Targeting Utah Resident Supports Personal Jurisdiction in Utah — Buckles v. Brides Club, Inc. * Ripoff Report Sues Blogger, Loses on Jurisdictional Grounds–Xcentric Ventures v. Bird * Defamation Lawsuit…

Yelp Forced To Remove Defamatory Reviews–Hassell v. Bird

…Yelp. This is in contrast to the Ripoff Report cases like Blockowicz and Giordano (discussed below), where users couldn’t delete reviews after publishing them. The court could have thrown the…

WTF Is Going On With Section 230?–Cross v. Facebook

Ripoff Report isn’t a “neutral publisher” (sorry, I can never write that term without pointing out it’s an oxymoron). * J.S. v. Village Voice. Section 230 dismissal denied when plaintiff…

FTC Wins Deception Case Over Faux User-Generated Content–Fanning v. FTC

John Fanning challenged the FTC findings that the website he developed, named Jerk.com, materially misrepresented its attributes. On appeal, the First Circuit affirms. Jerk.com resembled Ripoff Report, but for people….