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Social Media Adolescent Addiction/Personal Injury Products Liability

CASE CAPTION         In re Social Media Adolescent Addiction/Personal Injury Products Liability Litigation  
COURT United States District Court for the Northern District of California  
CASE NUMBER 22-cv-03047-YGR
JUDGE Honorable Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers 
PLAINTIFFS City of Providence and District Attorney Kevin Steele of Montgomery County, PA 
DEFENDANTS Meta Platforms, Inc., Facebook Holdings, LLC, Facebook Operations, LLC, Meta Payments Inc., Siculus, Inc., Instagram, LLC, Snap, Inc., TikTok, Inc., ByteDance Inc., TikTok Inc., TikTok Pte. Ltd., ByteDance Ltd., Google LLC, YouTube LLC

Kessler Topaz partners Joseph H. Meltzer and Melissa L. Yeates are currently serving in court-appointed leadership positions, representing school districts and local government entities nationwide (the “Local Government Entity Plaintiffs”), seeking redress for the youth mental health crisis caused by social media companies in a large multi-district litigation.
The Local Government Entity Plaintiffs allege that social media companies including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and YouTube, have deliberately designed, developed, produced, operated, promoted, distributed, and marketed their social media platforms to increase revenue at the expense of the nation’s minors. Allegations include that the social media companies use design mechanisms, such as algorithms, feeds, and filters to maximize minors’ screen time and addict adolescent users, which in turn has caused a youth mental health crisis. This youth mental health crisis has been highlighted by various authorities, including the U.S. Surgeon General, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association. While Defendants profit off their harmful conduct, which keeps young users glued to their social media platforms, school districts and local communities have been forced to expend, divert, and increase human and financial resources to address the harmful consequences of Defendants’ conduct in causing the youth mental health crisis. 

After local communities and school districts filed lawsuits seeking to hold social media companies responsible for their actions in courts across the country, these cases were consolidated for pre-trial proceedings before the Honorable Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in the Northern District of California. The Local Government Entity Plaintiffs filed a Master Complaint on December 18, 2023. Defendants’ response to the Master Complaint is due on February 5, 2024. 

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