Hassell v. Bird

Woman posts poor reviews (“abject lies”) about personal injury lawyer on Yelp. The lawyer sues for defamation—and wins! Must Yelp, which wasn’t a party to the suit, take down the reviews? The California Supreme Court, over several dissents, says no. Had the lawyer sued Yelp directly, the suit would have been tossed immediately (as Congress has immunized Internet companies that host third-party content on their sites from this kind of suit). No dice trying to achieve indirectly what Congress has clearly forbidden achieving directly.

Tags: 2018, California Supreme Court, Communications Decency Act, Defamation

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