The U.S. Supreme Court refused to revive a lawsuit that blamed News Corp.'s MySpace for a sexual assault on a teenage girl who met a predator through the social-networking site.
The justices, without comment, let stand a federal appeals court decision that said a 1996 federal law gives broad legal immunity to Internet-based service providers, shielding them from liability for user wrongdoing.
The girl, identified in court papers only as Julie Doe from Texas, signed up for MySpace at age 13, lying about her age to circumvent the service's requirement that users be 14.
Within a few weeks, she met a 19-year-old man who persuaded her to meet him in a parking lot, where he sexually assaulted her, according to the lawsuit.
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The girl's family said MySpace should have installed protective software to prevent sexual predators from contacting minors.
The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the lawsuit in May, upholding a trial judge's decision.
Like other federal appeals courts that have considered similar issues, the three-judge panel said the 1996 Communications Decency Act insulated MySpace from suit.
MySpace is the second-most-popular social networking site, behind Facebook. New York-based News Corp. bought MySpace in 2005.