Domain Name Sniping Covered by Section 230--Scott Rigsby v. GoDaddy

Domain Name Sniping Covered by Section 230–Scott Rigsby v. GoDaddy

It’s refreshing to see a “normal” Section 230 opinion from the Ninth Circuit. They have gotten rarer, and the Gonzalez opinion may make them extinct. Scott Rigsby is the first double-leg amputee to complete an Iron Man Triathlon. He registered…

Section 230 Still Applies to User Reviews--Daniloff v. Google

Section 230 Still Applies to User Reviews–Daniloff v. Google

It’s well-settled law that Section 230 protects review services for tortious user reviews. The Ninth Circuit told us this in 2016 (in Kimzey v. Yelp), but the caselaw was already clear by then. Yet, here we are in 2023, still…

2022 Internet Law Year-in-Review

2022 Internet Law Year-in-Review

Three dynamics combined to make 2022 a brutal year for Internet Law. First, the techlash is taking its toll. There is widespread belief that the major incumbents are too big, too rich, and too capricious to avoid pervasive government control….

Section 230 Applies to NY Publicity Rights Claim--Ratermann v. Pierre Fabre

Section 230 Applies to NY Publicity Rights Claim–Ratermann v. Pierre Fabre

Patty Ratermann is a model. She signed a license with QuickFrame to use her likeness only on Instagram. Somehow (the court skips over exactly how), Pierre Fabre used her likeness to promote its Avène skincare products on its website, on…

Fourth Circuit's 230 Meltdown Gives Plaintiffs False Hope--Divino v. Google

Fourth Circuit’s 230 Meltdown Gives Plaintiffs False Hope–Divino v. Google

Last year, in Henderson v. Source for Public Data, the Fourth Circuit issued a MAGAlicious Section 230 opinion that seemingly trashed 25 years of Fourth Circuit precedent. It was immediately obvious that plaintiffs would widely cite the ruling. However, so…

Section 230 Protects Services That Permit Anonymous Third-Party Posts--Bride v. Snap

Section 230 Protects Services That Permit Anonymous Third-Party Posts–Bride v. Snap

This case involves two “anonymous messaging” apps, Yolo and LMK. Both allegedly target teens audiences. “Plaintiffs allege they received harassing messages in response to their benign posts on Defendants’ applications and did not receive comparable messages on other platforms in…

My Amicus Brief in Gonzalez v. Google

My Amicus Brief in Gonzalez v. Google

Internet Law is in play at the U.S. Supreme Court, as they will likely hear at least four cases this term. (A possible fifth is the 303 Creative case). The four cases: Gonzalez v. Google, over whether Section 230 applies…

Twitter Defeats Account Suspension Lawsuit Again--Al-Ahmed v. Twitter

Twitter Defeats Account Suspension Lawsuit Again–Al-Ahmed v. Twitter

I previously described the case: This case involves the tragic situation where two Twitter employees allegedly became operatives for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and turned over sensitive information about the government’s critics to the Saudi Arabia government. I’m going…

2H 2022 Quick Links, Part 4 (Section 230, Consumer Reviews)

Section 230 * Ayala v. Viator, Inc., 2021 Mass. Super. LEXIS 1151 (Mass. Superior Ct. Nov. 19, 2021): The claims in the Second Amended Complaint seek to hold Defendants liable for content created and published by Defendants, not a third…

Section 230 Applies to Police Union's Message Board--Desilet v. East Hartford Police Officers' Association

Section 230 Applies to Police Union’s Message Board–Desilet v. East Hartford Police Officers’ Association

Courtney Desilet was a police officer for the East Hartford police department. She alleges she was the victim of workplace discrimination and harassment. Her allegations sparked chatter on the union’s message board, including anonymous messages attacking her. She sued (among…