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Third Circuit Extends Product Liability to Online Platforms

Generally, under product liability law, the seller, distributor or manufacturer of a defective product can be liable strictly liable for an injury from a defective product.  In Oberdorf v Amazon.com, Inc., the Third Circuit has extended this principle to online marketplaces in a landmark ruling. The Plaintiff in Oberdorft was rendered permanently blind in one eye…

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Upcoming CLA-IP Lunch Events: Goldman on FOSTA and Raif Badawi

The California Lawyers Association Intellectual Property Section’s Technology Internet and Privacy (“TIP”) Interest Group has two upcoming events. WED JUNE 6 (NOON PDT) – WEBINAR New Law, New Liability For User Generated Content: Can You Afford to Curate Content Under Congress’ Anti-Sex Trafficking Effort? Section 230 has long been a foundational part of the legal…

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House Passes Amended Sex Trafficking Legislation

State and federal lawmakers have been grappling for some time over what to do about certain websites that promote prostitution and child sex trafficking.  One challenge in doing so is Communications Decency Act Section 230 (CDA230) which immunizes websites for third-party content (subject to certain exceptions) and which has been used to dismiss criminal charges…