FOSTA Claim Can Proceed Against Twitter--Doe v. Twitter

FOSTA Claim Can Proceed Against Twitter–Doe v. Twitter

The court summarizes the allegations: Plaintiffs John Doe #1 and John Doe #2 allege that when they were thirteen years old they were solicited and recruited for sex trafficking and manipulated into providing to a third-party sex trafficker pornographic videos…

As Expected, Malwarebytes Defeats Enigma's Lawsuit Without Section 230's Help

As Expected, Malwarebytes Defeats Enigma’s Lawsuit Without Section 230’s Help

Malwarebytes and Enigma offer competitive anti-threat software. Malwarebytes classified Enigma’s software as a “potentially unwanted program,” or PUP, and quarantined the programs. Enigma sued Malwarebytes for that classification/quarantine. Initially, the district court dismissed the case on Section 230(c)(2)(B) grounds. In…

Online 'Diatribe' Over a Birthday Cake Isn't Protected by Anti-SLAPP Law--Woodhill Ventures v. Yang

Online ‘Diatribe’ Over a Birthday Cake Isn’t Protected by Anti-SLAPP Law–Woodhill Ventures v. Yang

The court opinion starts: “This case is about a birthday cake.” Ben “Baller” Yang, blinger to some stars, and his wife threw a birthday party for their 7 year old child, London (is this London’s Instagram page?). The wife ordered…

Twitter's Content Moderation Explanations Aren't Defamatory Per Se--Isaac v. Twitter

Twitter’s Content Moderation Explanations Aren’t Defamatory Per Se–Isaac v. Twitter

This lawsuit involves a NY Post article about Hunter Biden’s connections with Ukranian businessmen. The “smoking gun” evidence purportedly came from Hunter Biden’s laptop that he allegedly abandoned at a Delaware computer repair shop run by the plaintiff. The plaintiff,…

Cable News Shows Are Defamation-Free Zones--OANN v. Maddow

Cable News Shows Are Defamation-Free Zones–OANN v. Maddow

This lawsuit involves the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Based on a story from the Daily Beast, Maddow ran a segment claiming that an OANN employee was on the Kremlin’s payroll, concluding that OANN “really literally is paid Russian propaganda.”…

Facebook Defeats Lawsuit Over Discriminatory Housing Ads--Vargas v. Facebook

Facebook Defeats Lawsuit Over Discriminatory Housing Ads–Vargas v. Facebook

This lawsuit alleges that Facebook is liable for Fair Housing Act discrimination purportedly enabled by its self-service advertising tools. The court grants Facebook’s motion to dismiss the Third Amended Complaint. I believe this case is now ready for a Ninth…

Court Nopes Another Lawsuit Over Facebook Suspensions--Orders v. Facebook

Court Nopes Another Lawsuit Over Facebook Suspensions–Orders v. Facebook

Plaintiff Frank Orders “posted a picture of Hunter Biden with two prostitutes on his Facebook page. The black-and-white picture attached to the Complaint shows a male lying naked on a bed with two naked females sitting on top of the…

Section 230 Doesn't Protect Yearbook Website's Ads--Knapke v. Classmates

Section 230 Doesn’t Protect Yearbook Website’s Ads–Knapke v. Classmates

Classmates offers paywalled access to yearbook info. Classmates allows free searches, and the “search results provide a free preview of the services and products with a photo and name of an individual to entice the user to purchase Classmates’ services…

An Initial Look at Washington's New Anti-SLAPP Statute

An Initial Look at Washington’s New Anti-SLAPP Statute

Washington’s anti-SLAPP statute was struck down by the Washington State Supreme Court in May 2015. Effective July 25, 2021, Washington has a new anti-SLAPP statute. My summary of the statute: Scope of coverage: The statute applies to causes of action…

Interview About Section 230 and COVID Misinformation

Interview About Section 230 and COVID Misinformation

[I did another interview with Mathew Ingram at Galley by CJR] Ingram: Eric, thanks very much for doing this. I know we’ve discussed Section 230 before on Galley, so I don’t want to go over old ground, but is there…