Legal Cases: Section 230 of the CDA & online defamation

Below are legal cases relevant to Section 230 of the CDA. Many of these cases were retrieved from LexisNexis academic.  If you don’t have access to LexisNexis, you can find these cases by searching Google.

Anthony Douglas Elonis v. United States of America, The Supreme Court of the United States, No. 13-983.

Fair Housing Council of San Fernando Valley; The Fair Housing Council of San Diego v., LLC. ‎. United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 14 July 2011.‎. Web. datastore/opinions/2012/02/02/09-55272.pdf‎>.

ACLU v. Reno,. LexisNexis Academic. 929 F. Supp. 824; 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7919; 4 Comm. Reb. (P & F) 590 (Order Granting Preliminary Injunction). 11 June 1996. Print. (ACLU and others said CDA violated the First Amendment right to free speech.)
As soon as Section 230 of the CDA was passed, the ACLU and other cause organizations sued Janet Reno, the U.S. Attorney General for free speech violations because of its provision to ban indecent material. ACLU’s statement about the case.→
Austin v. Crystal Tech. 211 Ariz. 569; 125 P.3d 389; 205 Ariz. App. LEXIS 168; 467 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 33. N.d. Print.
Mark A. Austin, who owned a travel business, sued Crystal Tech, a web hosting service for refusing to remove defamatory statements made by a competitor. An Arizona Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision to grant CDA immunity to Crystal Tech.
Barrett Et Al, v. Rosenthal,. Get Citation. 10 Nov. 2006. Print.

Batzel v. Robert.LexisNexis Academic. 333 F.3d 1018; 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 12736; Cal. Daily Op. Service 5465. 24 June 2003. Print.

Batzel v. Smith. 351 F.3d 904; 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 24304; 2003 Cal. KDaily Op. Service 10363; 2003 Daily Journal DAR 13097 (Petition Denied). 3 Dec. 2003. Print.
Blumenthal v. Drudge, 146 F.R.D. 236, 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7045, 52 Fed. R.Evid.Serv. (Callaghan) 149, 27 Media L. Rep. 2004. N.d. Print.

Cubby v. Compuserve, 776 F. Supp. 135: 1991 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 155545: 19 Media L. Rep. 1523. N.d. Print.
New York Times v. Sullivan. U.S. Supreme Court. March 9, 1964 (376 U.S. 254). N.d. Print.
Zeran v. AOL, 958 F.Supp. 1124; 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3429; 25 Media L. Rep. 1609. N.d. Print.


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