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Hassell v. Bird, 235968

Reversed and remanded a default judgment against Yelp in a defamation case which had directed it to remove certain consumer reviews from its website. Yelp argued that its due process was violated because it was not named as a defendant in the underlying lawsuit and did not participate in the judicial proceedings. Further, Yelp argued that the lower court ruling was invalid under the Communications Decency Act of 1996 whereby providers of computer services are not treated as publishers and no cause of action or liability may be imposed upon them. The Supreme Court agreed.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/07/02


  • Cantil-Sakauye


  • Supreme Court of California