Guess what! It's PACER billing day!!

As I mentioned last week, court filings aren't free. They should be, but they're not. I've had to buy quite a few of the election filings I've livetweeted - over 2,000 pages at $0.10 per page this quarter, the vast majority election-related.
Some of you have offered to help out, which is wonderful, but I'm really in a place where I'm fortunate enough to be able to absorb the expense. So let's see if we can turn this to some good instead.
Usually I suggest that people donate to their local food bank, but I'd like to do something different this time. If you've benefitted from reading the court filings, please consider donating to @FreeLawProject - which works to make it possible for people to read them for free.
Here's the key part of my bill for this go-round (I don't want to ask and not show receipts). I'm set up for @RECAPtheLaw, so for most of those pages, once I bought them they were available to you and others for free. (And I got the benefit when anyone beat me to the purchase.)
You can donate here:

If the walkthroughs that I've done (or other lawyers have done) have helped you better understand the election lawsuits and how they worked, please consider making a small contribution.


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I only had time for a quick skim. But my impression is that:
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I've watched an occasional episode, but not the series. Didn't have time when I started law school in 2012, and after 2016 I didn't really have the heart.

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The docket reflects that the judge took the matter "under advisement" meaning that a decision will be issued later.

No decision as of 20 minutes ago, I'll look again tomorrow.
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I'm basing that on the part of the reply that touches on the section 230 defense Amazon raised.

To refresh your recollection, Amazon argued that they were immune under 230(c)(2) - which I've included here as a screenshot along with Amazon's argument. ImageImage
In reply, Parler seems to mostly argue that Amazon isn't immune because they're not being treated as a publisher or speaker. That is, sadly for Parler, what 230(c)(1) says, not 230(c)(2).

Amazon didn't mention (c)(1). Image
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