9th Circuit Creates Problematic “Failure To Warn” Exception to Section 230 Immunity–Doe 14 v. Internet Brands

…230 Doesn’t Protect Employer From Negligent Supervision Claim–Lansing v. Southwest Airlines. Warning: Ugly Opinion Backpage Gets TRO Against Washington Law Attempting to Bypass Section 230–Backpage v. McKenna PissedConsumer Denied Section…

Ninth Circuit Says Yelp Doesn’t Extort Businesses–Levitt v. Yelp (Forbes Cross-Post)

…other consumer review websites who are regularly accused of engaging in extortion, such as Ripoff Report and PissedConsumer (see Ripoff Report’s win and PissedConsumer’s unsuccessful dismissal attempt). Consumer review websites…

College Review Website Ordered To Pay $1M For Users’ Disparaging Reviews–Neumont University v. Little Bizzy

…At various points, Neumont made arguments about Collegetimes’ behavior that reminded me of the gripes about PissedConsumer, but we know those arguments don’t actually defeat Section 230. My understanding is…

Siblings Use Publicity Rights To Try To Block Sister From Blogging About Mom–In re Reynolds

…law to suppress consumer reviews (e.g., the PissedConsumer lawsuits). These types of lawsuits, essentially trying to turn IP law into privacy law, have nothing in common with the traditional justifications…

Xcentric Ventures Chips Away at Small Justice’s Copyright Workaround to Section 230

…and I don’t recall a court addressing the precise formulation Goren raises here. (Cf. Asia Econ. Inst. v. Xcentric Ventures and Ascentive v. PissedConsumer.) In the end, chalk this up…

Product Review Website Defeats Trademark Claims–Boarding School Review v. Delta Career Education

…so 47 USC 230 wasn’t implicated. Still, the colleges’ tactics were similar to the efforts we’ve seen from other attempts to work around Section 230, such as the PissedConsumer line…

Q4 2012 Quick Links, Part 3 (47 USC 230 and more)

…Washington State Drops Defense of Unconstitutional Sex Trafficking Law. Prior blog post. * Amerigas v. Opinion Corp. (PissedConsumer) settles. Prior blog post. * RedOrbit: “Online Physician Reviews Skewed By Too…

AmeriGas Gives Up Its Lawsuit Against PissedConsumer

By Eric Goldman AmeriGas and Opinion Corp. (PissedConsumer) have settled their case. Law360 report. My prior blog post on a preliminary ruling in this case. I blog about settlements only…

PissedConsumer Defeats Trademark Claim…On a Motion to Dismiss!?–deVere v. Opinion Corp.

…site for consumer complaints. PissedConsumer has superseded Ripoff Report as the leading gripe site defendant, as I’ve blogged three other PissedConsumer cases in the past 7 months (Ascentive, Vo and…

Yet Another Case Says Section 230 Immunizes Newspapers from User Comments–Hadley v. GateHouse Media

…to dismiss (see, e.g., Vo v. PissedConsumer and my discussion about this topic). However, this judge was properly unswayed, saying that, at most, the allegation would be “sheer speculation.” Without…