Missouri Attorney General Fights Backpage Suit

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A lawyer for Backpage.com is declining to comment on efforts by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley to dismiss a lawsuit the company filed against him.

Hawley filed a motion Tuesday against Backpage, saying its lawsuit seeking to block him from investigating Backpage is frivolous and should be tossed.

Hawley launched an investigation of the company this year and in May issued civil investigative demands seeking documents from Backpage, which hasn’t complied.

Backpage sued Hawley in response, saying it doesn’t have control over sex-related ads posted on the website and has immunity from potential lawsuits over such ads.

NBC News has reported that documents show that a Backpage contractor has been involved in creating or developing third-party content for Backpage ads overseas. Hawley contends that evidence uncovered by his office supports that.

Backpage currently faces various criminal cases and civil lawsuits around the country.

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