Posted Apr 10, 2007 12:58 pm CDT
The Pennsylvania judge who ruled Monday that he has no jurisdiction to hear a lawsuit against DontDateHimGirl.com did not reach the issue of protection for the site under the Communications Decency Act.
The Web site allows anonymous postings about men. The plaintiff, lawyer Todd J. Hollis, claimed postings falsely stated he has herpes, has multiple children, and is gay or bisexual.
Robert L. Byer, the attorney for the Web site operator Tasha C. Joseph, focused on both jurisdiction and the communications law in his brief, according to the Legal Intelligencer.
First Amendment lawyer Robert C. Clothier said when the case was filed that the communications law protects sites that simply provide a conduit for others to post items on the Web.
“The Communications Decency Act really provides fairly substantial protections,” says Clothier of Fox Rothschild in Philadelphia. “The more the Web site operator does to put content on or to edit content, the greater the risk.”