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Judge Rejects First Amendment Arguments Against Feds’ Seizure of Lacey/Larkin’s Assets; Lacey and Larkin Appeal- January 10th, 2020

Civil FOSTA Suits Start Showing Up In Court; Prove That FOSTA Supporters Were 100% Wrong About Who Would Be Targeted- January 9th, 2020

FBI Shattered Backpage Evidence “Into a Million Pieces,” Says Expert- December 2019

Witnesses Describe the FBI’s Mishandling of Computer Servers in Backpage Takedown-November 13th, 2019

Judge Rejects First Amendment Arguments in Lacey and Larkin Case- October 29th, 2019

Backpage v The Feds- Podcast October 2019

Prosecutors Poisoned Grand Jury Process in Lacey and Larkin CaseOctober 25th, 2019

Feds Bungled Preservation of Server Evidence in U.S. v. Lacey and Larkin October 8th, 2019

Episode 48: Woodhull’s Legal Challenge to FOSTA/SESTA

Friday, September 20, 2019, 9:30 A.M. USCA Courtroom 31 – Judges Rogers, 18-5298 Woodhull Freedom Foundation v. USA

Hearing Friday: Plaintiffs Challenging FOSTA Ask Court to Reinstate Lawsuit Seeking To Block Its Enforcement-September 18th, 2019

Feds Stonewall on Access to Backpage’s Servers in Lacey and Larkin CaseSeptember 17th, 2019

Rep. Ro Khanna To Introduce Bill To Study Impact Of FOSTA On Sex Workers– September 16th, 2019

Secret Memos Show the Government Has Been Lying About Backpage-August 26th, 2019

Judge Denies Feds’ Bid to Sanction Lacey and Larkin Over WIRED Story August 20th, 2019


Ninth Circuit Hands Lacey and Larkin a Partial Win in Latest Battle over Seized Assets- July 30th, 2019

Ninth Circuit Judges Mull First Amendment Challenge to Seizures of Ex-Backpage Owners’ Assets -July 12th, 2019

“Judge Delays Trial of Ex-Backpage Owners and Execs Till May 5, 2020” July 3rd, 2019

Woodhull, HRW Anti-FOSTA Lawsuit to Hit Appeals Court Sept. 20

Woodhull’s Fight Against FOSTA Returns to Court September 20th

The War on Is a War on Sex Workers -June 26th, 2019


Four Civil Liberties Organizations File Amicus Briefs in Support of Backpage Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss May 29th, 2019

Grindr and Armslist Cases Reaffirm Core Protections for User-Generated Content -May 17th, 2019

New “Evidence” in Backpage Case Reveals Government’s Flawed Prosecution -May 8th, 2019

The Human Cost Of FOSTA- May 7th, 2019

21 States Inadvertently Tell The DC Circuit That The Plaintiffs Challenging FOSTA Have A Case- May 2nd, 2019

21 States Inadvertently, Tell The DC Circuit That The Plaintiffs Challenging FOSTA Have A Case- May 2nd, 2019

Extra, Extra! All of FPC’s Coverage of the Backpage Case in One Place -April 28th, 2019

Attorney General Moody Asks DMS to Evaluate State Contract with Company that Provided Services to Backpage.comApril 3rd, 2019

At Reason Foundation Event in Phoenix, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Denounce Government Overreach in Backpage Case -March 13th, 2019

How the Feds Are Using Civil Asset Forfeiture to Threaten Free Speech-Sex, publishing, and quasi-legal theft collide in the Backpage prosecution.-February 20th,

Against FOSTA/SESTA: One Canary’s Cry From Inside the Coal Mine  By Lucy Kahn- Feb 2019

The Death Of The Dabbler and The Erasure Of Sex Work From The Common Internet- By Grace Marie- Feb 2019

Global Implications Of FOSTA  By Meghan Peterson- Feb 2019

REJECTED-Sex Workers Say Kamala Harris Won’t Be Their Woman in 2020- January 23rd, 2019

Facebook’s Sexual Solicitation Policy is a Honeypot for Trolls -December 7th, 2018

Online sex ads rebound, months after the shutdown of Backpage -November 28th, 2018

Lawyers, Guns, and Money (And to Hell with Free Speech) November 4th, 2018


10/9/18: Woodhull v. FOSTA. Woodhull et al v. the United States of America. Notice of 

BREAKING: Woodhull Freedom Foundation Appeals FOSTA Ruling– Oct 16th, 2018

Federal Judge in Case Rules for Defense Team in Crucial First Amendment Victory Oct 15th, 2018

Federal Judge Denies Government Bid to Disqualify First Amendment Attorneys from Backpage Defense Team  Oct 13th, 2018

Washington Post Gives ‘Three Pinocchios’ To Rep. Ann Wagner For Falsely Claiming FOSTA Stopped 90% of Sex Trafficking Ads-  Oct 12th, 2018

Backpage Defense Team Wages First Amendment Battle on Two Fronts -Oct 9th, 2018

District Court Misses The Forest For The Trees In Dismissing Constitutional Challenge To FOSTA -Sept 25th, 2018

A side effect of trafficking law: More street prostitution?- Sept 24th, 2018

How John and Cindy McCain Came to Hate Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin- September 17th, 2018 Founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin Were Accused of Sex Trafficking by the Senate. Now They Tell Their Story: Reason Roundup -Aug 21st, 2018

The Senate Accused Them of Selling Kids for Sex. The FBI Raided Their Homes.’s Founders Speak for the First Time.  -August 21st, 2018

Backpage’s Sales Director Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy August 18th, 2018

2257 Judge Delivers Big Win in Final Judgment, Decree- August 6th, 2018

House Judiciary Committee Falsely Claims Credit For Stopping 90% of All Sex Trafficking Because Of FOSTA-  July 24th, 2018

Woodhull Freedom Foundation et al. v. the United States  June 2018

Lawsuit to Stop FOSTA Gets Court Hearing, But Nothing Happens– July 19th, 2018

Woodhull Freedom Foundation et al. v. the United States motion for preliminary injunction and memorandum of law in support. June 28th, 2018

Hearing Thursday: EFF Asks Court to Block Enforcement of FOSTA While Lawsuit Proceeds- July 17th, 2018

Justice Department Seeks Dismissal of FOSTA Lawsuit-  July 12th, 2018

FOSTA Judge Gives Justice Department an Extension of Time  -July 10th, 2018

FSC, Justice Department Can’t Agree About Proposed 2257 Judgment -July 9th, 2018

More Police Admitting That FOSTA/SESTA Has Made It Much More Difficult To Catch Pimps And Traffickers– July 9th, 2018


EFF Sues to Invalidate FOSTA, an Unconstitutional Internet Censorship Law- June 28th, 2018

New Lawsuit Challenges FOSTA – The Federal Law Sparking Website Shutdowns- June 28th, 2018

Woodhull Freedom Foundation et al. v. the United States June 28th, 2018

National Sex Workers’ Summit Culminates in Manifesto Calling for Decriminalization of Prostitution-  June 25th,2018

January 2020 trial set for founders– April 30th, 2018




 A Vest Pocket Guide to Brothels in 19th-Century New York for Gentlemen

Hearing set for jailed Backpage founder in a case over sex ads– April 16th, 2018

Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer pleads guilty in three states, agrees to testify against other website officials– April 13th, 2018

Backpage Founder’s 93 Charges Lack Actual Sex-Trafficking Claims April 9th, 2018

Backpage execs indicted on federal prostitution, money laundering charges April 9th, 2018

New Backpage Ruling Lays Bare Some of the Lies Undergirding FOSTA April 2nd, 2018

Backpage inditement -March 28th, 2018

On April 6, 2018, Backpage was seized by the United States Department of Justice, and it was reported that Michael Lacey’s home had been raided by authorities.[86] The seizure came in the wake of the passing of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), which amends Section 230 to explicitly exclude federal or state sex trafficking laws from its immunity. Although the bill had been passed in March, it had yet been signed into law on the day of the seizure. Critics of the bill, which was primarily designed to target Backpage,[87] had argued that the bill was unnecessary because of established case law making websites liable for knowingly facilitating sex trafficking.[88][89][90] Technically the seizure has been performed by the FBI and the nameservers of the domains were changed to “” in order to display the authorities seized page.[91

In late-March 2018 and early-April 2018, courts in Massachusetts and Florida affirmed that Backpage’s facilitation of sex trafficking fell outside of the immunity granted by Section 230 safe harbors. The latter ruling argued that because Backpage “materially contributed to the content of the advertisement” by censoring specific keywords, it became a publisher of content and thus no longer protected.[

District Court Ruling Highlights Congress’ Hastiness To Pass ‘Worst of Both Worlds FOSTA’– Doe 1 v. Backpage– March 30th, 2018

Prosecutors And Anti-Sex Trafficking Advocates Aren’t Happy With The Government’s  Treatment Of Backpage- by Tim Cushing -Feb 14th, 2017


Kamala Harris slaps new charges on Backpage, in a case that threatens tech sector– By ETHAN BARON- Dec 23rd, 2016

Some Comments on the CA/TX Attorneys’ General Prosecution of Backpage’s Executives-  · by  October 13, 2016 CEO Carl Ferrer Arrested in Texas for Pimping, Conspiracy Oct 6th, 2016

Supreme Court declines sheriff’s appeal in Backpage sex ads fight- Oct 3rd, 2016

Sex Workers Joint statement regarding the harassment of backpage – Nov 2016

Sheriff Dart, Meet the First Amendment  Dec 2st, 2015

Doe v. LLC – SCOTUSblog 2015 v. Hoffman, et al. | Digital Media Law Project 2013

BACKPAGE.COM, LLC V. MCKENNA– 2012, LLC v. Cooper – Casetext  2012

M.A. v. Village Voice Media Holdings, 2010

 Craigslist to Remove Category for ‘Erotic Services’ –  May 2009

Dart v. Craigslist, Inc. – Wikipedia 2009

Craigslist’s agreement with attorneys general around the country, anyone who posts an “erotic services” ad will be required to provide a working phone number and pay a fee with a valid credit card.  Nov 2008

Lacey and Larkin were arrested in Arizona by then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office in 2007 for publishing information about a secret grand jury subpoena demanding information on its stories and online readers. They won a $3.75 million settlement from county government as a result of their now-discredited arrests.

Backpage was a classified advertising website launched in 2004.

Doe v. MySpace Inc. – Wikipedia 1995

Norma Jean Almodovar and R.n. Bullard, Plaintiffs-appellants, v. Ira Reiner, Burton J. Schneirow, Darryl Gates, Joseph Conti, and James G. Como, Defendants-appellees, 832 F.2d 1138 (9th Cir. 1987)