In the case of Yahoo! v. LICRA (433 F.3d 1199 (9th Cir. 2006)), LICRA had successfully sued Yahoo!, a U.S. internet provider, in the French court of law on the ground that the sale of Nazi memorabilia through its website violated French law. Yahoo! appealed the ruling before a United States district court on the basis that the French judicial order was not cognizable or enforceable under United States law. The district court held for Yahoo!, ruling that the First Amendment of the Constitution outweighed any concerns of comity between the United States and France. On appeal, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court’s decision and dismissed, holding that Yahoo! did not have a right within the First Amendment to violate French criminal law.
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