01/04/2021

Chris Jackson Shares Insights on Election Class-Action Lawsuit Filed in Colorado

Holland & Hart Partner and adjunct professor of election and campaign finance law at the University of Denver, Chris Jackson shares insights on the federal class-action lawsuit against Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems, Facebook (and its founder Zuckerberg), and the governors of four states and their election officials. The lawsuit seeks $160 billion in damages and a declaration that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is unconstitutional. Jackson is quoted in Colorado Politics and The Gazette Jan. 4 articles entitled “Class-action lawsuit in Colorado targets Dominion, Facebook and officials in four states.”

Describing the lawsuit as “a bit of a mess,” Jackson said "The complaint does not seem to have a great understanding of doctrines like standing and how constitutional litigation tends to work," he said, also noting that the First Amendment applies to Congress and by extension, states, not to private companies. “Facebook, as a private actor, can do what it wants on free speech.”

Read the full article that was published in Colorado Politics online on Jan. 4 here: “Class-action lawsuit in Colorado targets Dominion, Facebook and officials in four states,” (subscription needed).

The article also appeared in The Gazette online on Jan. 4 here: “Class-action lawsuit in Colorado targets Dominion, Facebook and officials in four states,” (subscription needed).

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