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Judge throws out Indiana AG Todd Rokita’s TikTok lawsuit

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita (left) in a photo from his office, a young TikTok user accessing the app on a smartphone (Press Association via AP Images)

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita’s (R) lawsuit against TikTok, which a federal judge once dinged for “irrelevant posturing,” fared no better in state court, as a judge on Wednesday tossed the case for multiple failures.

Judge Jennifer L. DeGroote of the Allen County Superior Court wrote in her dismissal order that Rokita’s lawsuit failed to establish jurisdiction and failed to state a claim under the Indiana Deceptive Consumer Sales Act.

When two TikTok suits (later consolidated into one case) were filed in early December 2022, AG Rokita said he was taking on a “malicious and menacing threat unleashed on unsuspecting Indiana consumers by a Chinese company that knows full well the harms it inflicts on users.”

“TikTok says its platform is all about spreading joy. But the more TikTok videos consumers view, and the more content that they create and share, the more TikTok learns about them — their interests, their locations, the types of phones they have, the apps on their phones, who their contacts are, their facial features, their voice prints, and even ‘where your eyes are looking on your phone,” the complaint said. “While TikTok vacuums up reams of this highly sensitive and personal information about Indiana consumers, it deceives and misleads them about the risks the app routinely poses to their data.”

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