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Doe v. Backpage.com, LLC, 15-1724

In a case involving plaintiffs who were sex trafficked through advertisements on defendant's website, addressing the tension between the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (CDA), 47 U.S.C. section 230, and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA),18 U.S.C. sections 1591 and 1595, the district court's dismissal of the action is affirmed where showing that a website operates through a meretricious business model is not enough to strip away the CDA's protections for internet publishers.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2016/03/14




  • United States First Circuit


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