GoDaddy Ain’t Getting Off That Easy; Judge denies request for dismissal from ‘revenge porn’ suit

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Texas- from www.beaumontenterprise.com – An Orange County judge has denied GoDaddy.com’s motion to be dismissed from a lawsuit brought forth by victims of “revenge porn” website Texxxan.com, according to a letter the judge sent to lawyers on April 17.

GoDaddy requested the dismissal Tuesday in a hearing in the 260th State District Court. The company’s lawyer, Aaron McKown, cited section 230 of the Federal Communications Decency Act, which provides immunity for internet service providers and companies that host web content created by third parties.

“After reading the authorities presented to the court and considering the arguments of counsel, it is my opinion that the Motion to Dismiss should be denied at this time,” Judge Buddie J. Hahn [pictured] said in the letter.

“I think it was certainly the right decision under the current law,” said Beaumont Attorney John S. Morgan, who is handling the lawsuit on behalf of more than two dozen local women. “The law’s clear that federal statute does not preempt state law.”

Morgan’s lawsuit asserts that the site, which hosted nude and semi-nude photos of the women and included identifying information like full names and addresses, violates Texas privacy laws.

In Tuesday’s hearing, Hahn granted an injunction against Texxxan.com’s operators that prevents the site’s content from being re-posted or shared with other websites. He also ordered the site’s administrators to hand over the site’s photos and data in 15 days.

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