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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…

Woman Wrapped in News Papers

Ripoff Report Threatening Retaliation Against Its Critics

Today I received the letter below from David Warrington of LeClair Ryan on behalf of Xcentric Ventures LLC, which operates RipoffReport.com.  According to Warrington, RipoffReport is in the pre-complaint stage of a claim based on alleged anti-competitive busines practices and a conspiracy to damage the business of Xcenetric in its operations of the RipoffReport.com website…

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SESTA Wins Committee Approval, Faces Hold from Senator Wyden

In January, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a report on Backpage.com’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking, but criminal charges against the website have failed due to the site’s immunity for third-party content (prostitution ads) under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (“CDA230”). SESTA Introduced In August, Subcommittee Chairman Rob Portman (R-OH)…

Taina Bien-Aime

CLBR #268: Taina Bien-Aimé on Backpage and CDA 230

Taina Bien-Aimé on Backpage and CDA 230 Backpage and the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 Anti-trafficking Coalition Rebuttal to Tech Industry About Taina Bien-Aimé @tainabienaime / @CATWIntl Taina Bien-Aimé has over two decades of experience defending the rights of women and girls at the national and global level. She is currently the Executive Director of…

Unpacking the Case of Hassell V. Bird

Hassell v Bird Webinar Today

The California Bar IP Section is hosting a webinar today at noon Pacific Time on the case of Hassell v Bird which is currently pending before the California Supreme Court.   We have posted the briefing on the case here. I will be moderating today’s webinar at Noon Pacific Time featuring my colleagues Karl Kronenberger of…

Briefing Begins in Hassell v Bird (Yelp)

  Last June, the Court of Appeal upheld a trial court ruling requiring Yelp to remove defamatory reviews that defendant Ava Bird had been ordered to remove.  In September, the Supreme Court agreed to the hear case.  Yelp’s initial brief and the Hassell Law Group’s answer have been filed.  Yelp is expected to file a reply brief…

Backpage.com Knowing of Sex Trafficking

Backpage Closes Adult Ads After Senate Report, But Scores Win in Supreme Court

Senate Committee Releases Report Condemning Backpage Last week, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations held a hearing to discuss the findings of its report titled “Backpage.com’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking.”  The report found that: Backpage knowingly covered up evidence of criminal activity by systematically editing its so-called adult ads. Backpage knows that it facilitates prostitution…

Kamala Harris

Harris’ Parting Shot: Expanded Complaint Against Backpages

On Tuesday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the state’s new U.S. Senator.   Before leaving, however, she continued her war against Backpages.com and its executives over the publication of prostitution ads. As outlined previously, Backpage has been under increased scrutiny from Congressional investigators and state attorney generals, leading to the…

Victory For BackPage

Backpage Wins Partial Victory in Criminal Case

We have previously reported about Backpage  executives being arrested and charged on felony charges of pimping a minor, pimping, and conspiracy to commit pimping by California Attorney General (and Senator-elect) Kamala Harris and Backpage’s effort to get the claim dismissed under CDA Section 230. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman issued a tentative ruling in…