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Social Network Escapes Liability for Drug Overdose

Nov. 28, 2017, 4:54 PM

A social networking website had no duty to warn a user about another’s criminal activity on the site, a federal district court ruled Nov. 26.

Plaintiff Kristanalea Dyroff sued social network operator Ultimate Software Group Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California after her son died from overdosing on a drug he allegedly bought from a dealer he met on the site. Dyroff brought seven state claims against Ultimate Software, including negligence, wrongful death, and failure to warn (Dyroff v. Ultimate Software Grp., Inc., 2017 BL 423558, N.D. Cal., No. 17-cv-05359-LB, 11/26/17).

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