October 30, 2020

SA&M Attorneys Published in Daily Journal "Twitter, Hunter Biden & the CDA's Section 230 Safe Harbor"

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles attorneys Dan Rozansky, Cristy Jonelis and Celina Kirchner have been featured in the Daily Journal with their article "Twitter, Hunter Biden & the CDA's Section 230 Safe Harbor."

Twitter is once again making headlines after blocking users from tweeting two New York Post articles on the basis that the articles violated its terms of use.  On October 14, 2020, the New York Post published two articles regarding Hunter Biden, son of presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden.  The articles were based in part on information obtained from emails recovered from a laptop that is alleged to have belonged to Hunter Biden.  After the New York Post publicized the articles on its Twitter account, Twitter marked any link to the articles as “potentially unsafe,” blocking them from the platform entirely.

Twitter’s restriction of information once again thrusts Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act into the spotlight.  Section 230 provides that “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”  This article discusses Section 230 and its application in this scenario.

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SA&M Attorneys Published In Daily Journal

Dan Rozansky AttorneyDaniel Rozansky is a Partner of the firm in the Business Litigation Practice. Clients engage Dan before disputes ever arise to advise on strategies to minimize litigation risk and to put clients in a position for a successful outcome if litigation does arise.  For example, he regularly reviews television pilots, screenplays and other material in development to assist those clients in identifying and avoiding potential liabilities; he advises clients, including Fortune 100 companies, on best practices for recording communications; he counsels clients on best practices to protect trade secrets and other confidential information; and he guides clients contemplating exiting unfavorable business relationships.  When disputes arise, Dan brings his decades of experience at AmLaw 100 and 200 firms and his relentless approach help achieve the best possible outcome for his clients.  This approach has led Dan to be recognized as an industry leader, including being listed as a top entertainment and media litigator in Chambers USA (2011-2019).  In 2013, 2014, and 2016, he was featured in Variety’s “Legal Impact Report,” which names the top attorneys who are making a significant impact in the entertainment industry.


Crystal Jonelis AttorneyCristy Jonelis is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Business Litigation Practice. Cristy is well-versed in all aspects of business and commercial litigation, having overseen numerous cases from inception to winning verdicts (and even the subsequent winning appeals).  However, her primary focus is in the area of entertainment and media litigation, with particular emphasis in the anti-SLAPP arena.

Cristy has represented a wide variety of clients on both the plaintiff and defense side, including television and motion picture producers, reality television production companies, radio stations, film financiers, banks, investment firms, transportation companies, and credit card companies.

Cristy takes pride in her ability to help clients reach their endgame in the most efficient way possible, without sacrificing the quality of work product.  Cristy is cognizant that cases often take left turns, and she is able to quickly adapt to respond to any obstacle that is thrown her way during the complex litigation process.


Celina Kirchner is an AAttorneysssociate in the Business Litigation Practice group.  Celina’s civil litigation practice focuses on all areas of business and commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on digital media, technology, internet, privacy, emerging companies, insurance, breach of contract, fraud, and complex business disputes.  In her practice, Celina works closely with business professionals of all levels in order to develop practical strategies for resolving their disputes.  She also advises businesses on formation, governance and contracting matters in the hope that they can avoid litigation altogether.  Having worked with clients of all sizes, Celina understands that every case is unique and, ultimately, comes down to people.  She focuses on the human element of her cases and communicates in an understandable, business manner.  In the end, Celina endeavors to make what can be a stressful time for her clients as smooth as possible.  Celina is a frequent speaker at events centered around digital media and the burgeoning Silicon Beach community.

For more information about our Business Litigation practice at Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, contact Dan Rozansky at


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