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Website Liability Law Challenge Hinges on Standing (1)

April 16, 2019, 3:12 PMUpdated: April 16, 2019, 8:37 PM

The first constitutional challenge to a website liability law aimed at combating sex trafficking hinges on whether the plaintiffs had the right to sue in the first place.

The Justice Department is arguing that human rights groups and a digital library can’t challenge the year-old law because they face no risk of prosecution under it. The DOJ April 15 asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to affirm a ruling that the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring their First Amendment claims.

The case centers on the validity of the Allow States and Victims to Fight...

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