Section 230 Preempts Two More Harassment Lawsuits

Section 230 Preempts Two More Harassment Lawsuits

Recapping a couple of doomed-from-inception lawsuits. Benedict v. Google LLC, 2024 WL 3427161 (D. Ariz. July 16, 2024) Lance Benedict is a musician. Someone attacked him on the heavy metal website “All That Shreds” (apparently gone now), posting allegedly doctored…

What Happened to Gonzalez v. Google After the SCOTUS Decision?

What Happened to Gonzalez v. Google After the SCOTUS Decision?

In the mid-2010s, plaintiffs filed about 20 lawsuits filed around the country seeking to hold social media services liable for allegedly facilitating terrorist attacks. Two of those cases, Gonzalez v. Google and Taamneh v. Twitter, produced Supreme Court rulings last…

Facebook Isn't Subject to the ADA--Lloyd v. Facebook

Facebook Isn’t Subject to the ADA–Lloyd v. Facebook

Lloyd brought  a pro se lawsuit against Facebook raising a myriad of concerns. My prior blog post. The Ninth Circuit easily dismisses most of it in a breezy memorandum opinion, but the contract claim gets revived for a little longer….

DMCA 512(c) Helps Redbubble Defeats Copyright Lawsuit--Wallshoppe v. Redbubble

DMCA 512(c) Helps Redbubble Defeats Copyright Lawsuit–Wallshoppe v. Redbubble

Wallshoppe makes wallpaper with copyrighted designs, such as the “Pacifico Palm Design” depicted to the right. It has a copyright registration in the design. Wallshoppe found Redbubble merchants selling the design. However, for unspecified reasons, Wallshoppe didn’t submit proper DMCA…

Justice Thomas Hates on Section 230. Again.--Doe v. Snap

Justice Thomas Hates on Section 230. Again.–Doe v. Snap

I previously described this case: A high school teacher allegedly used Snapchat to groom a sophomore student for a sexual relationship. (Atypically, the teacher was female and the victim was male, but the genders are irrelevant to this incident). The…

Plaintiffs Lack Standing to Sue Over Government Jawboning When Their Evidence is Based on Vibes--Murthy v. Missouri

Plaintiffs Lack Standing to Sue Over Government Jawboning When Their Evidence is Based on Vibes–Murthy v. Missouri

In a well-functioning society, governments and the private sector will engage in an ongoing dialogue about public welfare issues. Much of this conversation is healthy and productive, as both the government and the private sector have different expertise and different…

'Scruff' App Qualifies for Section 230 Immunity--J.R. v. Mancino

‘Scruff’ App Qualifies for Section 230 Immunity–J.R. v. Mancino

“Scruff is a web application that provides a matchmaking platform for men.” I believe competes (at least in part) with Grindr. The plaintiff (the victim’s parent, proceeding pro se) alleges that Scruff app users exchanged CSAM and discussed plans to…

Court Revives Lawsuit Against Facebook Over Scammy Crypto Ads--Forrest v. Meta

Court Revives Lawsuit Against Facebook Over Scammy Crypto Ads–Forrest v. Meta

Andrew Forrest is an Australian billionaire. “Beginning in 2019, Dr. Forrest learned that ads using his name and likeness to endorse cryptocurrency and other fraudulent investment products were appearing on Facebook.” Forrest contacted Facebook multiple times over the years asking…

Court Dismisses School Districts' Lawsuits Over Social Media "Addiction"--In re Social Media Cases

Court Dismisses School Districts’ Lawsuits Over Social Media “Addiction”–In re Social Media Cases

[Warning: this is a 5,600 word blog post]. There are two critically important cases over “social media addiction” pending in California state court and as an MDL in the federal Northern District of California. It is an all-out brawl in…

Instagram Defeats Lawsuit Claiming It Was a "Breeding Ground" for Sex Traffickers--Doe v. Backpage

Instagram Defeats Lawsuit Claiming It Was a “Breeding Ground” for Sex Traffickers–Doe v. Backpage

This opinion came out in March but just showed up in my alerts. Doe claims she was sex-trafficked on Instagram. Section 230 preempts her lawsuit against Facebook: “Ninth Circuit precedent interpreting Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 47 U.S.C….