Dart v. Craigslist, Inc.

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Lawsuit

Date: 

03/05/2009

Status: 

Concluded

Location: 

Illinois

Disposition: 

Dismissed (total)

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

N/A
Thomas Dart, the Sheriff of Cook County, Illinois, filed a lawsuit against online classified site Craigslist, alleging that the site is a "public nuisance" because its users have posted ads in the "erotic services" category that facilitate prostitution.... read full description
Parties

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Craigslist, Inc.

Type of Party: 

Government

Type of Party: 

Organization

Location of Party: 

  • Illinois

Location of Party: 

  • California
  • Delaware
Description

Thomas Dart, the Sheriff of Cook County, Illinois, filed a lawsuit against online classified site Craigslist, alleging that the site is a "public nuisance" because its users have posted ads in the "erotic services" category that facilitate prostitution.

The civil complaint, filed by the Sheriff in his official capacity, seeks an injunction, compensatory and punitive damages, and attorneys' fees.  According to the complaint, Craigslist creates a "public nuisance" because its "conduct in creating erotic services, developing twenty-one categories, and providing a word search function causes a significant interference with the public's health, safety, peace, and welfare." Compl. ¶ 92.

Update:

5/4/2009 - Craigslist filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings.

7/10/2009- Dart filed a response to Craigslist's motion for judgement on the pleadings.

Details

Content Type: 

  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Forum

Subject Area: 

  • Third-Party Content
  • Section 230
Court Information & Documents

Jurisdiction: 

  • Illinois

Source of Law: 

  • Illinois

Court Name: 

United States District Court Northern District of Illinois

Court Type: 

Federal

Case Number: 

1:09-cv-01385

Relevant Documents: 

CMLP Information (Private)

Priority: 

1-High

Threat Source: 

Blog Post

CMLP Notes: 

via Eric Goldman

status checked 6/17/09 - CMF

Updated 7/15/09 - AVM added dart's response to motion for judgment