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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

Proliferation of User Generated Fake News Sites Targeting Small Businesses

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

A recent investigation uncovered two separate networks that together own at least 30 identical sites, each of which allows users to “prank” their friends by creating their own false news stories and post the creations to...more

May 2017: Asia-Pacific Litigation Update

Japan Litigation Update—Libel Case Defines Privacy Rights as to Internet Search Engines. The Japanese Supreme Court issued a decision regarding privacy that also has implications for third-party internet sites that contain...more

Of Free Speech and Thick Skin

by Jackson Walker on

It was a memorable 42nd season for Saturday Night Live, bookended by oddly compelling versions of “Hallelujah” by Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump. It has not been such a good season for the...more

Libel by tweet. #Beware.

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Everything is terse on Twitter. Even alleged libels. Like the Courtney Love case: $430K settlement over a single tweet. Now like music producer Dr. Luke’s case against lawyer Mark Geragos. Dr. Luke (real name Lukasz Gottwald)...more

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

Removing Elected Officials For Libelous Or Slanderous Statements

by Allen Matkins on

Although the above quotation sounds as if it could have been written today, it was in fact penned more than three decades ago as part of the successful ballot argument in favor of Proposition 20. As a result of the...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

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

Three Point Shot - February 2017

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Ski Manufacturer Chills Bode Miller's Comeback - World champion skier and six-time Olympic medalist Samuel "Bode" Miller had his eye on coming out of retirement for the 2016-17 season before a contract dispute with his...more

Defamation Series: Texas Supreme Court Explains That Courts Should Not Make Editorial Decisions For The Media Re Information...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In Texas, Plaintiff Wade Brady brought claims for libel and libel per se against Carter Publications, Inc., publisher of the newspaper West Fort Bend Star, and one of its writers, LeaAnne Klentzman. Wade alleged that the...more

A Tale of Two Trump Tweets: Is It Harder to Prove Defamation in Social Media?

Last month, a New York trial court dismissed a complaint against Donald J. Trump and others brought by political consultant and commentator Cheryl Jacobus that alleged, in part, a defamation claim (libel) based on tweets by...more

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

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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

Former American Idol Contestant’s Defamation and False Light Claims Dismissed

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The California Court of Appeal recently dismissed former American Idol contestant Corey Clark’s claims against Radar Online, LLC (“Radar”), concluding that Radar’s anti-SLAPP motion should have been granted. In 2003,...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

Online Defamation & Libel: The Trump Effect

by Field Law on

It’s not often that our little blog intersects with such titanic struggles as the U.S. presidential race – and by using the term “titanic” I certainly don’t mean to suggest that anything disastrous is in the...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

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

Sex and the Stock Photo*

by Jackson Walker on

Despite the high heat of summer, two federal courts have blown a chill wind through the law of online defamation. The courts gave the green light to libel suits over alleged implications from stock or file photos illustrating...more

Is “Whistle-Blow” A Bad Word?

by Allen Matkins on

John Doe 2 v. Superior Court, 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 635 (Cal. Ct. App. 2016)If someone send an email stating that they hope that they might whistle-blow on you, have you been libeled? Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge...more

Appellate Court Affirms Order Denying Anti-SLAPP Motion to Strike Claim for Libel by Implication

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Plaintiff Leah Manzari, an alleged pioneer in the online adult entertainment industry and purportedly famous under her professional name, Danni Ashe, filed suit for libel and false light in California district court, alleging...more

Former Harvard Visiting Scholar Awarded $3.5 Million in Libel Suit

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

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

The Death Of Alexander Hamilton And The Birth Of The American Free Press

Alexander Hamilton has more to do with American independence than you might think. His efforts as a Founding Father (the hottest Founding Father on Broadway, it should be noted) helped the United States achieve political...more

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