Last week, in Doe #1 et al. v. MG Freesites Ltd. et al., No. 7:21-cv-00220-LSC, 2022 WL 407147 (N.D. Ala. Feb. 9, 2022), the Northern District of Alabama permitted plaintiffs to proceed with a proposed class action against Pornhub for allegedly profiting from child sex trafficking and exploitation videos uploaded to its platform. The claims were brought under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (“TVPRA”) and federal child sexual abuse material statutes. U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler rejected Pornhub’s defense that section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act shields it from liability for plaintiffs’ claims. Section 230 generally immunizes “interactive computer service[s]” from liability for content provided by third parties. 47 U.S.C. § 230(c).
Alexandra (Ali) Cooper-Ponte’s practice focuses on regulatory, enforcement, litigation, and investigations matters involving emerging technologies and national security. She advises clients on compliance with surveillance, cybersecurity, and data privacy laws and on trust and safety issues.
Prior to re-joining the firm, she clerked for Judge José A. Cabranes, United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She also worked on electronic surveillance and law enforcement access issues at a large technology company prior to law school.