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Bob Latham Talks Twibel in Lawyer Monthly

by Jackson Walker on

Bob Latham recently penned a short commentary for U.K.-based Lawyer Monthly magazine on the topic of twibel, a newly-coined term that refers to defamatory statements made over Twitter. In the article, he discussed the idea of...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

Negative Reviews: Franchises Pursuing Truth, Justice, & Defamation Claims

by Lewitt Hackman on

Franchised businesses, particularly restaurants, hotels, automotive servicers and others have been falling victim to the digital age. Many consumers now choose the places they do business based on what they read on Yelp,...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

How To Disparage But Not Defame Your Wedding Planner

It’s March, which means that wedding season is nearly upon us. Let’s say you run your own wedding-related business with one employee: you. A customer gives you a review on the internet that is not only negative, but contains...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

The Designer Formerly Known As…Intellectual Property Issues Arising From Personal Names As Fashion Brands

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

Kate Spade, Paul Frank, Joseph Abboud, Catherine Malandrino, and Karen Millen—aside from being well-known designers, all have something else in common; they no longer own the right to use their personal names as their brands....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

Live Streaming: The Privacy Concerns of Behind-the-Scenes Access

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

A professional football team clinches their playoff spot in an upset game, then hits the locker room for a celebration and an inspirational pep talk from their winning coach. The perfect application for livestreaming, one...more

Using a Person's Image for Commercial Purposes: Lessons Learned from the Chipotle $2.2 Billion Lawsuit

This month, a California woman sued Chipotle for $2.2 billion based on the burrito chain's unauthorized use of her photograph in its promotional materials. The $2.2 billion demand represents Chipotle's profits from 2006, when...more

Pulse Nightclub Shooting Lawsuit May Show Path Around the Communications Decency Act

by Butler Snow LLP on

I previously posted Facebook Fake News Problem May Impact Businesses Operating Open Web Sites on why the controversy over fake news stories on Facebook may cause concern for businesses operating open websites, although such...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

A Closer Look at the New Lawsuit By Baylor Football Coach Art Briles

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

It’s been a tough few months for Baylor football and its former coach Art Briles. Baylor fired Briles in May of this year, after an outside law firm investigated the school’s response to alleged sexual assaults by football...more

Tobacco Marketing Has a Harmful Impact on Society

Statistics on smoking released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Big Tobacco relentlessly pursuing almost every facet of society to get consumers to light up. The cigarette industry targets children,...more

The Freedom to Yelp: Congress Curbs ToS Overreach

Worried about a company retaliating against you when you post a negative review on Yelp or TripAdvisor? Worry no longer because Congress has your back. Last week, Congress passed a law that will make it illegal for companies...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

Using Pop Culture References in Advertisements? Just Do It Right

In this age of smartphone cameras and hashtags, an impromptu remark or a right place-at-the-right-time snapshot can “go viral” and create instant and immense goodwill. Businesses today use social media as a tool to promote...more

When It Comes to Liability, Whose User Generated Content Is It Anyway?

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Hospitality industry stakeholders who host sites for online reviews or rely on review sites such as Yelp, Trip Advisor, Urban Spoon, or Oyster, may take comfort in the recent Ninth Circuit decision regarding the liability of...more

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