February 25, 2020

Snap Wins Dismissal of Suit Challenging Snapchat’s ‘Speed Filter’

Munger, Tolles & Olson represented Snap, owner of the popular app Snapchat, in obtaining an order dismissing a case against Snap with prejudice.

Plaintiffs alleged in Carly Lemmon, et al. v. Snap, Inc. that Snapchat’s “speed filter,” which overlays a user’s real-time speed on a photo or video, resulted in a car accident in 2017.

On Feb. 25, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted Snap’s motion to dismiss, without leave to amend. The court held that the plaintiffs’ claim was barred by the federal Communication Decency Act, as the speed filter was a “neutral tool” that could be used by Snapchat users.

Snap was represented by Jonathan Blavin, Rosemarie Ring and John Major in this matter.