Complaint filed, march 5, 2009 dart, the Cook County, Illinois sheriff, has sued Craigslist in federal court for creating a public nuisance because its Erotic Services category facilitates prostitution.
In other words, its possible that Craigslist makes it cheaper for the sheriffs office to do its job, so to claim any harm by spending taxpayer money to do its job is ludicrous.I understand the argument that it centralizes these ads in one place rather than having these ads spammed through other Craiglist categories, but Im confused what, if any, erotic services sex i new york engelske undertekster advertised in this category are ever legal.47 USC 230 preempts a civil claim that is derived from a criminal statute.Not having checked out the category myself (and not really wanting to do so from my work computer I wonder what percentage of posts actually offer these alternative services?It can dispatch testers and collect damages from any landlord or owner who engages in can assemble a list of names to send to the Attorney General for prosecution.By Eric Goldman, dart.Update: A reader points out the.Update 2: Craigslist says that its existing deal with the state AGs has reduced erotic services ads 90-95 in 12 months).Therefore, a civil claim based on state or local criminal laws is unambiguously preempted.Indeed, the Seventh Circuit concluded its opinion by pointing out that the Craigslist ads made it easier to find lawbreakers: Using the remarkably candid postings on craigslist, the Lawyers Committee can identify many targets to investigate.The complaints allegations that Craigslist was involved in creating the bad content because of its category title, search functions and other attributes arent likely to get around either the Seventh Circuit or Ninth mød kvinder til sex skotland south dakota Circuit precedent.
In distinguishing the Seventh Circuit Craigslist case, the Ninth Circuits m case pointed out that Craiglists listings were open narratives and therefore fully covered by 47 USC 230.
A: It was established at the request of craigslist users, who were tired of seeing ads for escort services, sensual massage, adult web cams, phone sex, erotic dancing, adult websites, nude housecleaning, etc mixed into the regular personals and services categories.
If everything directed to this category is always illegal, it seems like Craigslist could, and perhaps should, voluntarily choose to eliminate the category altogether.I.e., do users actually regularly post nude housecleaning ads?Seventh Circuit clearly held that Craigslist was covered by 47 USC 230 in a claim that Craigslist violated the Fair Housing Act.Craigslist FAQs : Q: Why does craigslist have an erotic services category?At a few points, the complaint implies that Craiglist harmed the sheriffs office because the office spent 105,000 busting 156 individuals for prostitution through Craigslist.Corbett ; Doe.But given 230(c 1) it cannot sue the messenger just because the message reveals a third partys plan to engage in unlawful discrimination.
All of which is true here as well, and all of which is a good reason why the Seventh Circuit isnt likely to reach a different result here.