Important procedural point buried in the TheDirty.com case

From today’s Jones v. Dirty World Entertainment Recordings LLC (6th Cir. June 16, 2014) — another broad application of 47 U.S.C. § 230, the federal statute that immunizes online sites and companies from liability for what their users submit:

Given the role that [47 U.S.C. § 230, the federal statute that immunizes online sites and companies from liability for what their users submit -EV] plays in an open and robust internet by preventing the speech-chilling threat of the heckler’s veto, we point out that determinations of immunity under the CDA should be resolved at an earlier stage of litigation.

[Footnote:] Certification of the interlocutory appeal sought by Dirty World and Richie could have obviated the need for the second trial. An even earlier interlocutory appeal would have resolved the case prior to trial.

Could be very significant to lawyers who litigate such cases.

Eugene Volokh teaches free speech law, religious freedom law, church-state relations law, a First Amendment Amicus Brief Clinic, and tort law, at UCLA School of Law, where he has also often taught copyright law, criminal law, and a seminar on firearms regulation policy.

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