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Federal Court Applies SPEECH Act to Declare Foreign Libel Injunction Unenforceable in the United States

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A federal district court in California has declared that an Australian injunction censoring an American advocacy organization—Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)—is repugnant to U.S. law and public policy and is, therefore,...more

“Pink Slime” Lawsuit Spins Off into Insurance Dispute

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

Earlier this year, ABC News, through its parent company, reached a midtrial settlement with Beef Products Inc. in the now infamous “pink slime” lawsuit. Under South Dakota food libel statutes, damages in the case could have...more

Spokeo Speedwagon: Employers Forced To Take Privacy Breach Cases On The Run

by Fisher Phillips on

By now, most everyone has heard it from a friend who, heard it from a friend who, heard it from another about the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins. It is the case being cited across the country in...more

California Employment Law Notes - September 2017

Jobseeker Website May Be Compelled To Disclose Identity Of Anonymous Posters Who Criticized Employer - ZL Technologies, Inc. v. Does 1-7, 13 Cal. App. 5th 603 (2017) - ZL Technologies brought suit, alleging libel per se and...more

Tips for Avoiding Disparagement of a Competitor

by Revision Legal on

In the broadest sense, commercial disparagement involves advertising or other public statement including false or misleading information about a business that discourages consumers from buying from or dealing with that...more

First District Court Of Appeal Strikes Small, But Meaningful, Victory For Businesses Combatting Online Libel.

by Weintraub Tobin on

Just last week, California’s First District Court of Appeal handed a small, but meaningful, victory to businesses that resort to litigation to defend their reputations against anonymous, online attacks. In ZL Technologies,...more

California Court of Appeal Puts a Small Crack in the Glass Door

by Stoel Rives LLP on

An employer who unfairly and inaccurately is slammed by a former employee (or maybe even a current employee!) on a job-posting or employer-rating website will often look to its lawyer for help. Surely the law protects...more

A Potential New Application of Defamation by Implication: Media Layout and Accompanying Images at Issue in ISIS Antiquities...

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

On Monday, July 17, 2017, world-renowned antiquities dealer Hicham Aboutaam sued the parent company of a popular newspaper alleging that a story it published defamed him. The article, titled “Prominent Art Family Entangled in...more

Yelp! Negative Online Consumer Review Protected as Opinion, Not Actionable Libel

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

We have discussed here before new federal legislative protections that are in place to give consumers wide latitude to post online reviews of businesses, whether they be good or bad. A recent decision of the Appellate...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

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

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

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

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

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

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