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Supreme Court Won't Rule On Yahoo Nazi Case

Jason Lee Miller
Staff Writer
Published: 2006-05-30

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The United States Supreme Court gave a hardy "no thanks" to the chance of deciding whether Yahoo! had to honor a French court's ruling about the content of the company's U.S.-based website.

Yahoo! had been involved in a dispute with Paris-based International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA) and the Union of Jewish Students in France (UEJF) ever since Yahoo! auctioneers tried to pedal off Nazi-related memorabilia, viewable and purchasable in France. French law prohibits the sale of racist items.

A French court sided with the activist groups and ordered Yahoo! to make it impossible for French users to access the items listed on Yahoo.com or face a $15 million fine. Yahoo! countersued in a California court to have the ruling declared unenforceable in the United States and a violation of free speech. The court agreed with Yahoo!

The UEJF and LICRA carried on their case by appeal to the US Supreme Court, which declined to hear the case. E. Randol Schoenberg, from the L.A.-based law firm Burris & Schoenberg who represented the French groups in US court was unhappy about the SCOTUS decision.

"It makes no sense," as Schoenberg is quoted by IDG. "It's very complicated, and that's probably why the court didn't take it. They're only taking easy cases this year."


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