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Three girls, who were in the seventh and ninth grades, were repeatedly purchased for sex via advertisements on They sued Backpage in the State of Washington alleging that the website was liable for their exploitation by being responsible, at least in part, for developing the unlawful content of the advertisements. Backpage moved to dismiss the case, claiming immunity under the federal Communications Decency Act (“CDA”).  The case went to the Washington Supreme Court which recently ruled that the CDA may not provide Backpage with immunity from the lawsuit. The Court is allowing the victims’ case to proceed against Backpage. To learn more about this case, click here.

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