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Defamation Suit against Buzzfeed Will Proceed in Miami

On May 22, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida denied the motion of Buzzfeed, Inc. (“Buzzfeed”) and its editor-in-chief to transfer to New York a defamation lawsuit involving Buzzfeed’s...more

UVA Administrator Opposes Rolling Stone’s Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law

On December 27, 2016, University of Virginia Associate Dean of Students Nicole P. Eramo opposed Rolling Stone’s Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law. On November 7, 2016, following a two-week trial, a jury sitting in U.S....more

D.C. Court of Appeals Allows Prominent Climate Scientist’s Defamation Suit to Proceed

Dr. Michael Mann is a prominent climate scientist who is well-known for his “hockey stick” graph depicting a dramatic increase in global temperatures during the 20th century. On July 13, 2012, Rand Simberg published a blog...more

Personal and Corporate Reputation: Five Lessons from 2016

On November 19, 2014, Sabrina Erdely’s Rolling Stone article “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA” went viral. The article depicted the violent gang rape of a University of Virginia student...more

Hedge Fund Wins $40 Million Defamation Judgment

Following a three-week trial in New Jersey Superior Court, a jury awarded $40 million to NuWave Investment Corp., a hedge fund based in Parsippany, New Jersey. The case centered around reports provided to prospective...more

Former Harvard Visiting Scholar Awarded $3.5 Million in Libel Suit

On July 20, 2016, a jury awarded Dr. Hayat Sindi $3.5 million for damages suffered as a result of actions taken by Samia El-Moslimany and El-Moslimany’s mother, Ann. Dr. Sindi is a Saudi Arabian scientist who runs the i2...more

7/25/2016  /  Damages , Libel , Tortious Interference

3rd Circuit Reinstates Firefighter’s Defamation Claim Against the New York Daily News

On January 29, 2015, the New York Daily News published an article “Heated Sex Scandal Surrounds Philadelphia Fire Department: ‘It's Bad Stuff.’” The article stated that a sex scandal “implicat[ing] dozens of city employees,...more

Supreme Court of Georgia Affirms Trial Court’s Grant of Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict in Defamation Case

On July 8, 2016, the Supreme Court of Georgia affirmed the judgment of a trial court in a case involving Stanley Cottrell, Jr., who according to the court “engaged in a number of solo running exhibitions with a Christian...more

Researchers Retract Findings Regarding the Health Risks of “Fracking”

On March 26, 2015, nine researchers published a study in the Environmental Science and Technology journal entitled “Impact of Natural Gas Extraction on PAH Levels in Ambient Air.” The study concluded that there may be a link...more

Appeals Court Overturning of Verdict in Jesse Ventura Defamation Case Sparks Debate Over Balance between the Right to Free Speech...

On June 13, 2016, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a jury’s decision to award former Minnesota governor and Navy SEAL Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in a 2014 defamation case....more

Magistrate Judge Orders Leonardo DiCaprio to Appear for a Deposition in Wolf of Wall Street Defamation Suit

On February 18, 2014, Andrew Greene sued Paramount Pictures Corporation, among other defendants, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, claiming that his alleged fictional depiction in “The...more

Arsenio Hall Files Defamation Suit Against Sinead O’Connor in Response to Her Facebook Post about Prince’s Death

On May 5, 2016, Arsenio Hall sued Sinead O’Connor for defamation, alleging that O’Connor falsely accused Hall of “supplying illegal ‘hard drugs’ ‘over the decades’ to the recently deceased musical artist, Prince, and of...more

5/17/2016  /  Celebrities , Defamation , Facebook , Prince

Landmark UK Judgment Against Author of False Online Review

When Google users searched for The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., they would not be able to miss a scathing review calling Mr. Bussey a “scumbag” who “loses 80% of his cases.” Discovery revealed the disgruntled “client” to be a...more

Renowned Architect Wins Retraction From The New York Review of Books

On August 25, 2014, The New York Review of Books issued a retraction in response to a defamation suit filed in New York State Court by well-known architect Zaha Hadid. Hadid was selected to design one of the stadiums for the...more

Russian Hackers Reportedly Obtain Internet Credentials of More Than 500 Million Users

On August 5, The New York Times reported that Russian hackers have obtained what could be the largest collection of confidential data in history. The security firm that discovered the breach continues to alert affected...more

Cambodian Court Finds Blogger Guilty of Defamation

Last week, a British expat living in the Kingdom of Cambodia was convicted of defamation in the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for statements published on his personal blog relating to the director of a private investment firm....more

7/29/2014  /  Blogs , Defamation , Free Speech

Prime Minister of Singapore Moves for Summary Judgment in Novel Defamation Lawsuit

In papers filed today with the High Court of Singapore, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong moved for summary judgment in his defamation lawsuit against blogger Roy Ngerng Yi Ling. The prime minister’s action is the first...more

Lawsky v. Condor Capital Corporation: Initial Enforcement of Dodd-Frank at the State Level

On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, relying on the Dodd-Frank Act, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Condor Capital...more

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