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
Voice Media Group has sold two of its prominent alternative weeklies - the Seattle Weekly and the SF Weekly. Seattle Weekly was one of the affiliates of the new company which broke away from its Backpage classified product this past year . It had been one of the cente
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. --- Revenue and profits at Craigslist resumed their steady growth in 2012 after a slight one-year dip, according to new estimates from the AIM Group, but the major classifieds site faces major challenges ahead.
In a new report released Monday, the AIM Group projects revenue at the San Francisco ba
Village-Voice-Media-owned Backpage.com has been able to temporarily halt the enforcement of Washington State Senate Bill 6251, thanks to a July 27 decision in U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, in Seattle. The legislation attempts to hold the free-classified site responsible f
Traffic to U.S. websites that publish escort and body-rub ads hit a record in March, while five of those sites sold at least $3.2 million in online prostitution ads during the month. March revenue from online prostitution ads increased 2 percent from the previous month and 8.6 percent from March 2011, according to estimates by the AIM Group, and it was just $60,000 short of the record set in Janu