Second Circuit Rejects an Account Termination Lawsuit...Again (Phew!)--Domen v. Vimeo

Second Circuit Rejects an Account Termination Lawsuit…Again (Phew!)–Domen v. Vimeo

Domen posted videos advocating for sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE). Vimeo terminated his account. Domen sued Vimeo for the termination, alleging that it discriminated against him. The district court dismissed Domen’s complaint. The Second Circuit affirmed, in a precedent-setting opinion…

New Essay: “Five Things to Know About Section 230”

At the request of Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), a Canadian think-tank, I wrote a short essay called “Five Things to Know About Section 230.” It’s a brief-and-breezy overview of Section 230 to get Canadian readers up-to-speed on our…

Comments on Trump's Lawsuits Against YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter

Comments on Trump’s Lawsuits Against YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter

When Trump signed his anti-230 EO in May 2020, I was immediately overwhelmed with media calls all asking the same basic question: this is garbage, right? We now have the final answer to that question. As I and others predicted…

Facebook Isn't Liable for a Commercial Sex Relationship Gone Wrong--A.B. v. Facebook

Facebook Isn’t Liable for a Commercial Sex Relationship Gone Wrong–A.B. v. Facebook

The court summarizes the plaintiff’s contentions (note: “Lund” and “Sex Worker” are the same person): the Complaint alleges Lund “contacted” Plaintiff and provided him with “sexually provocative pictures, offer[ed] sex, description of sex acts, and other sexually provocative statements” to…

1H 2021 Quick Links, Part 2 (Section 230 and More)

* EFF: President Biden Revokes Unconstitutional Executive Order Retaliating Against Online Platforms * U.S. v. $1,546,076.35 In Bank Funds Seized from Republic Bank of Arizona Account 1889, 2020 WL 8172984 (C.D. Cal. Dec. 20, 2020): the Government sufficiently alleges that…

Comments on Arkansas' "Online Marketplace Consumer Inform Act" (SB 470)

Comments on Arkansas’ “Online Marketplace Consumer Inform Act” (SB 470)

It’s hard to keep up with the tsunami of new Internet laws at the state level, and I had some difficulty finding the actual text of this law as passed (I couldn’t see it at the legislative website’s page for…

Texas Supreme Court Says Amazon Isn’t the Seller of Marketplace Items It Fulfills–Amazon v McMillan

The Fifth Circuit certified the following question to the Texas Supreme Court: Under Texas products-liability law, is Amazon a “seller” of third-party products sold on Amazon’s website when Amazon does not hold title to the product but controls the process…

Facebook Defeats Lawsuit By Publishers of Vaccine (Mis?)information--Children's Health Defense v. Facebook

Facebook Defeats Lawsuit By Publishers of Vaccine (Mis?)information–Children’s Health Defense v. Facebook

RFK Sr. was beloved and well-regarded. He had the Kennedy magic and benefited from the Camelot fairy tale. His son, on the other hand…well…. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. founded and runs the Children’s Health Defense (CHD). CHD is an “advocate…

Florida Social Media Censorship Law ENJOINED--NetChoice v. Moody

Florida Social Media Censorship Law ENJOINED–NetChoice v. Moody

A federal judge enjoined the key parts of Florida’s SB 7072, the embarrassingly censorial attempt to turn Internet services into common carriers. This outcome may have been expected given the tenor of the oral arguments and the law’s obvious status…

New Essay: "Regulating Internet Services by Size"

New Essay: “Regulating Internet Services by Size”

Jess Miers and I have published an essay called “Regulating Internet Services by Size,” part of a special CPI Antitrust Chronicle special issue on Section 230. Our essay does two main things. First, it explains different drafting choices for defining…