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Trail Immunity Not a Given for Public Agencies When Injuries Caused by Adjacent Property

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Of the many immunities available under the California Government Code, “trail immunity” under section 831.4 has long shielded public entities from liability when injuries are suffered by those using public property for...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Tosses Out Defamation Case Against Deval Patrick Based on Failure to Plead “Actual Malice”

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

Last week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court dismissed a defamation case against former Governor Deval Patrick, related to statements Patrick had made about his decision to replace the chair of the State Sex Offender...more

Supreme Judicial Court Punts On Executive Defamation Privilege

Last week, everyone in Washington, D.C. was talking about the invocation of “executive privilege,” the ability of a President to withhold information from, for example, an investigation into Russian influence on the U.S....more

Latest Updates To Ediscovery for Defendants Cheat Sheet

by Reed Smith on

This is our quasi-annual update to our cheat sheet about ediscovery for defendants. Essentially that means using discovery to obtain access to what plaintiffs have said about themselves, and their supposed injuries, on...more

May 2017: California Court Issues Decision Regarding Protection of Statements to Press Regarding Litigation

In Argentieri v. Zuckerberg, 8 Cal. App. 5th 768 (1st Dist. 2017), the California Court of Appeal recently held that an attorney’s statements to the press summarizing the allegations of a complaint are protected by the “fair...more

Jury Selection Begins in “Pink Slime” Defamation Trial

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

Beef Products, Inc. and ABC News will begin selecting a jury today in South Dakota state court in a case involving an allegedly misleading report about finely textured beef, which ABC News described as “pink slime.” The trial...more

California Court of Appeal Clarifies the Limits of the Attorney-Client Privilege for Communications with an Attorney and a Third...

by Payne & Fears on

A recent decision by the California Court of Appeal in Behunin v. Superior Court, 9 Cal. App. 5th 833 (2017), is a reminder that a party’s communications with an attorney and a third party consultant must be reasonably...more

Defamation Suit against Buzzfeed Will Proceed in Miami

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

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

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19661 - ARS Investors II 2012-1 HVB, LLC v. Crystal, LLC - Owner recorded an unapproved subdivision map of its commercial property into three lots and then granted a...more

Defamation and data protection claims can be brought in parallel

by White & Case LLP on

The English Court of Appeal has confirmed in a recent case that data protection claims may be brought hand-in-hand with defamation claims. The case provides a reminder to businesses that the use of data protection as a weapon...more

Texting and Driving – The Evolving Theories of Liability

Distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents and fatalities in the United States. In 2014 alone, Pennsylvania saw more than 13,964 crashes involving a distracted driver, including 49...more

Texas Supreme Court Tosses Former Employee’s Defamation Suit Based on Matters of Public Concern Under the TCPA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Texas Supreme Court throws out a former employee’s defamation suit under the Texas Citizens Participation Act, finding that communications about his alleged failure to measure a petroleum storage tank...more

BuzzFeed Faces $11 Million in Defamation Suit by British News Agency

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

BuzzFeed, the popular independent digital media company, was hit with an $11 million defamation suit in January 2016 by journalist Michael Leidig and Central European News (“CEN”). Leidig and CEN are demanding more than...more

Blogger-Journalist Protected From Defamation Suit By Anti-SLAPP Statute

Are journalists protected by anti-SLAPP statutes? Until last week, the likely answer would have been: “probably not,” at least in Massachusetts. But that was before Cardno Chemrisk, LLC v. Foytlin, a recent opinion by the...more

Snapchat Clocks Section 230 Win in Speed Filter Case

We have been monitoring a trend of cases narrowing the immunity provided to website operators under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA). A recent decision by a state court in Georgia, however, demonstrates...more

Texas Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Jackson Walker Media Clients in Important Free Speech Case

by Jackson Walker on

Houston partner John K. Edwards argued before the Texas Supreme Court in September 2016 on behalf of a newspaper and reporter in an important libel case that started in 2003 concerning an article published in a Fort Bend...more

Trump libel win based on Trump libel loss

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

President-elect Donald Trump just won a libel case against a critic — for the very same reason that real estate developer Donald Trump lost a libel case against a critic, more than 30 years ago. And yes, the precedent of...more

Fox News Opinions Get Wide Berth Under Defamation Law

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Megyn Kelly and other Fox News commenters did not defame a Wisconsin firefighter when they said it was “not right,” “disgusting,” and a “fraud” that he “exploited [a] supposed injury” to collect disability benefits “for...more

Chris Lazarini Discusses Whether Defamatory Statements Constitute Libel Per Se

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed a case where defendant carried out a personal vendetta against the plaintiff following plaintiff's report against defendant for violations of securities laws. Following...more

In a Rough Year for CDA §230, Manchanda v. Google Provides Comfort to Website Operators

As we noted in our recent post on the Ninth Circuit case Kimzey v. Yelp! Inc., in the right circumstances, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) still provides robust protection against liability for website...more

Rolling Stone Rolls With Early Favorable Rulings

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Rolling Stone is not the first media outlet to defend itself in a multi-million dollar trial this year. Gawker Media was recently hit with a $140 million judgment resulting from a suit by Terry Bollea (a.k.a. Hulk Hogan) for...more

John Edwards argues before the Texas Supreme Court on important libel case that started in 2003

by Jackson Walker on

Houston partner John K. Edwards recently argued before the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of a newspaper and reporter in an important libel case that started in 2003 concerning an article published in a Fort Bend County...more

Litigation Alert: The Ninth Circuit Leaves Pirate Joe’s Saying “Shiver Me Timbers!”

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Late last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit determined a court had jurisdiction to decide a trademark lawsuit filed by a U.S. grocery store against a Canadian reseller where the products at issue were only...more

Controversial California Court Decision Significantly Narrows a Crucial Liability Safe Harbor for Website Operators

A recent California court decision involving Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) is creating considerable concern among social media companies and other website operators....more

Third Circuit Finds Photo Placement Sufficient to Permit Defamation, False Light Claims to Go Forward in Suit Alleging Harm from...

by Reed Smith on

In a case demonstrating the difficulties of applying long-established but arguably outdated legal principles to modern technology, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit last week reversed itself to permit a...more

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