The 141-page document makes a case for damages for strict product liability, negligence, violation of consumer protection laws, unjust enrichment, invasion of privacy, and public nuisance.

Families sue Snapchat over drug dealing: An overview

On October 13, 2022 the Social Media Victims Law Center and C.A. Goldberg, PLLC  filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Snap, Inc. on behalf of the families of Alexander Neville, Daniel Puerta, Jeff Johnston, Jr., Dylan Kai Sarantos, Devin Norring, Jack McCarthy, Alexandra Capelouto, and Daniel (Elijah) Figueroa. These teenagers and young adults are eight among hundreds who have died after taking pills purchased from drug dealers operating on Snapchat.

Also included in the suit are the parents of a 16-year-old who survived fentanyl pill poisoning and continues to use the app.

The litigation alleges that Snapchat's design uniquely facilitates drug dealing, and uniquely impedes parental supervision of minor users. It also claims Snap chose profit over safety, allowing dealers to remain on the platform even though it knew children were being poisoned and dying from counterfeit pills sold on it.

 

Court documents

Complaint, Civil Action No. 22STCV33500, Superior Court of California, October 13, 2022

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