Updated with additional detail, links Backpage.com has sued the sheriff of Cook County, Ill., for persuading Visa and MasterCard to quit handling payments for the site. The Dallas-based company, owned by (still unidentified) Dutch investors, filed suit Tuesday in federal district court in Chicago, where Dart lost a 2009 lawsuit against Craigslist Inc. seeking to shut down its adult serv
Two men in the Boston area were charged this week with murder in the killing of a female escort they met through Backpage.com, in a case reminiscent of the “Craigslist killing” by Philip Markoff in 2009. Epshod Jeune, 24, and Derrell Fisher, 21, were charged with killing Sanisha Johnson of New York. They allegedly attacked escorts, including Johnson, after connecting with them through Backpage. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Backpage should get out of the sex-ads business. “Backpage.com and the Internet have become increasingly popular vehicles for
The Association of Alternative Newsmedia, whose 120 member groups include (Village) Voice Media Group, Toronto's NOW Magazine, and the American Independent News Network, has signed with Adicio to power its career center.
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For the third time, a federal judge has blocked a state law targeting Backpage.com, ruling that the federal Communications Decency Act protects the website from laws controlling its content. Federal district judge Dennis Cavanaugh in Newark, N.J., Friday blocked the state of New Jersey from enforcing the law, which would have penalized publishers of ads that included photos promoting sex with a