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Visa Must Face Claim It Profited From Pornhub Video of Child

  • Payment giant believes it’s an ‘improper defendant’ in case
  • Case centers on sexually explicit video of 13-year-old girl
Visa Inc. headquarters in Foster City, California.

Visa Inc. headquarters in Foster City, California.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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Visa Inc. must face claims that it profited from child pornography by processing payments for the parent company of Pornhub, a decision that Visa says raises questions about the liability payments firms could shoulder as they handle billions of transactions.

US District Judge Cormac Carney in California denied parts of Visa’s motion to be dismissed from claims brought by a woman who is suing both the payments giant and MindGeek -- the parent company of Pornhub -- over a sexually explicit video taken of her when she was 13.