A group of locksmiths has brought a lawsuit against Google, Yahoo, and Bing. The lawsuit alleges that the search engines are wrongfully promoting and enabling scam locksmiths’ unlawful practices. The Defendant Search Engines have filed a motion to dismiss. They are asking the Court to throw out the lawsuit, arguing that, even if everything the lawsuit claims were proven true, the Defendants would be found to have done nothing wrong under the law. The basis for their Motion to Dismiss is 47 U.S. Code § 230, titled the Communications Decency Act. This federal statute largely provides immunity to “Interactive Computer Services” for material they display that was originally published by a third-party. We believe this law does not give Defendants immunity because the focus of the lawsuit is the Defendants’ own original content, not material that the Defendants reposted from third-parties. Click the links below to view the major court filings to date. They appear in chronological order. A hearing on Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss has been set for November 30, 2017. The case is pending in US District Court in Washington D.C. before Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.
If you are interested in learning more or supporting this litigation, please contact Mark Baldino, coordinator for Locksmith Plaintiffs.
- Filed Copy – First Amended Complaint – Baldino v Google – January 13, 2017
- Defendants Joint Motion to Dismiss – Baldino et al v. Google – February 24, 2017
- Filed Copy – Opposition Memo to m-summary -docket no 18 – Baldino v. Google – March 10, 2017
- REPLY to Opposition-Motion to Dismiss – Baldino v Google – March 21, 2017