Lawsuit Dismissal Upheld By Appeals Court Over Myspace.Com
Posted: Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 at 1:10 pm
A court of appeals has recently upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that was filed against Myspace.com and its parent company News Corp over the assault of a teenage girl who met a man on the website. Myspace.com has now been granted immunity from the lawsuit by the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals.
The lawsuit against Myspace.com and News Corp was originally dismissed by a federal judge in Austin last year. The lawsuit was seeking thirty million dollars in compensation. Whilst the family of the girl accused Myspace.com of negligence, the court of appeals said that federal law did not allow such lawsuits against web based providers.
It was also noted that when the girl joined Myspace.com she lied about her age and pretended that she was in fact eighteen years of age, when she was only fourteen. She met a nineteen year old man on the site, and met up with him. However, he sexually assaulted her in a parking lot.
Although the man was later indicted on a sexual offence charge Myspace.com will not be held responsible for the incident or the events leading up to it.