Social Network Seeks Suit's Dismissal
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.August 9, 2011
The world's largest social networking site is seeking the dismissal of a class-action lawsuit filed in June by two parents on behalf of their children, claiming that minors are unable "to consent to the use of their name and photographs for marketing, advertising and selling of goods and services," Courthouse News Service reports. In a motion seeking either dismissal of the case or a "more definite statement," Facebook has contended that consumer opinions, such as its "Like" statements, "have repeatedly qualified as matters of public interest under the First Amendment." In seeking the dismissal of the current Illinois complaint, Facebook has also cited a similar case that was dismissed in federal court in California.