Hassell v. Bird

April 17, 2017

The Reporters Committee filed an amicus brief in Hassell v. Bird, a case before the California Supreme Court. In this case, Yelp, which was not a party to the underlying libel suit over negative comments posted about an attorney, is challenging an injunction that requires the company to remove the comments from its website. Filed in support of Yelp, the amicus brief emphasizes the importance of public forums on news media websites and argues that the lower court's order threatens online public discussion that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 was designed to protect.