Doe v. Bates

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Lawsuit

Date: 

05/09/2005

Status: 

Concluded

Location: 

Texas

Disposition: 

Dismissed (total)

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

N/A
The parents of a child who was victimized by an online pornography group filed a lawsuit against Yahoo! alleging that it knowingly hosted illegal child pornography on the "Candyman" Yahoo! Group. The plaintiffs sued both the moderator of that "e-group" (who was... read full description
Parties

Party Issuing Legal Threat: 

John Doe

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Mark Bates; Yahoo! Inc.

Type of Party: 

Individual

Type of Party: 

Individual
Large Organization

Location of Party: 

  • Georgia

Location of Party: 

  • California
  • Texas
  • Delaware

Legal Counsel: 

John Crisp, Patrick Carome, Samir Jain
Description

The parents of a child who was victimized by an online pornography group filed a lawsuit against Yahoo! alleging that it knowingly hosted illegal child pornography on the "Candyman" Yahoo! Group. The plaintiffs sued both the moderator of that "e-group" (who was criminally convicted and imprisoned for his involvement) and Yahoo!

On December 27, 2006, the district court dismissed the case aginst both defendants. The court applied the Communications Decency Act (47 U.S.C. sec. 230) and stated that immunity for service providers is not lost when the conduct in question is a criminal act.

Details

Content Type: 

  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Forum

Subject Area: 

  • Third-Party Content
  • Children
  • Criminal
  • Section 230
  • Obscenity
Court Information & Documents

Jurisdiction: 

  • Texas

Source of Law: 

  • United States
  • Texas

Court Name: 

Eastern District of Texas

Court Type: 

Federal

Case Number: 

5:05CV00091

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