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SexSearch Case Set for Appeal

Unnamed plaintiff revives dismissed claims of neglected age-verification.

SexSearch Case Set for Appeal
LOS ANGELES - A man who unsuccessfully filed suit in August against SexSearch and other adult-industry companies, accusing them of offenses such as failing to verify the ages of their members, has decided to take his case to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


U.S. District Court Judge Jack Zouhary dismissed the unnamed plaintiff's claims a month after the charges were filed.

"It's puzzling why the plaintiff is appealing such a well-thought-out ruling by the district-court judge," SexSearch lead counsel Gary Kaufman told AVN Online. "We can only assume that in bringing the appeal, the plaintiff is operating under the old adage that it doesn't hurt to try."   


Kaufman said Zouhary's dismissal of the case was well-reasoned and legally correct. 


"This was a very important decision for the adult industry because the court declined to recognize a duty upon adult websites to age-verify," he said. "If the ruling had been against us, then just about every adult website could have been either bankrupted or shut down. In any case, I feel confident that the online social-networking company will emerge victorious once again."


The plaintiff's attorney, Dean Boland, did not return telephone calls seeking comment.


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