Defamation by Tweet – Court Case Reminds Broadcasters to Take Cease and Desist Requests about Attack Ads Seriously

Broadcast Law Blog

As we have written before , broadcasters are immune from civil liability for defamation claims when they broadcast an ad from the campaign of a legally qualified candidate, as a station cannot censor a candidate ad.

Douglas on Defamation Actions and Australian Politics

Media Law Prof Blog

Michael Douglas, The University of Western Australia Law School, is publishing Defamation Actions and Australian Politics in the UNSW Law Journal Forum (2021). In recent years, politicians have been frequent participants in Australian defamation litigation.

Houston Doctor Sues Anderson Cooper, CNN, For Defamation Over Their Coverage Of Her Support For Hydroxychloroquine

Media Law Prof Blog

Stella Immanuel, a physician in the Houston TX area, is suing Anderson Cooper and CNN for defamation, alleging that Mr. Cooper's reporting about her support for the drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) was false, and injured her reputation.

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Rolph on The Concept of Publication in Defamation Law @dkrolph @SydneyLawSchool

Media Law Prof Blog

David Rolph, University of Sydney Law School, is publishing The Concept of Publication in Defamation Law in volume 27 of the Torts Law Journal. Publication is an element of the tort of defamation.

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Arbel on Slicing Defamation by Contract @ProfArbel

Media Law Prof Blog

Arbel, University of Alabama School of Law, has published Slicing Defamation by Contract at Chicago Law Review Online (2020). Yonathan A. Here is the abstract. In considering the problem of fake news, many debate the merits of expanding media liability

Tilley on (Re)Categorizing Defamation @CristinaTilley

Media Law Prof Blog

Cristina Tilley, University of Iowa College of Law, is publishing (Re)Categorizing Defamation in volume 94 of the Tulane Law Review (2020). This Article makes a tort-based argument for reassessing modern defamation law.

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Tilley on (Re)Categorizing Defamation @CristinaTilley

Media Law Prof Blog

Cristina Tilley, University of Iowa College of Law, is publishing (Re)Categorizing Defamation in volume 94 of the Tulane Law Review (2020). This Article makes a tort-based argument for reassessing modern defamation law.

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Scottish Parliament To Consider Draft Bill On Defamation

Media Law Prof Blog

The Scottish Parliament is set to consider a draft Defamation bill, the Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill. The drafters intend to codify the treatment of defamation, which is now "spread across several statutes and areas of common law," according

Angelo on The Real Cost of Fake News: Smartmatic's $2.7 Billion Defamation Lawsuit Against Fox News

Media Law Prof Blog

Billion Defamation Lawsuit Against Fox News. On February 4, 2021, voting machine company Smartmatic filed a defamation lawsuit against Rudolph Giuliani Michael Conklin, Angelo State University, has published The Real Cost of Fake News: Smartmatic’s $2.7

Note for the Legal Satyricon Blog: Marc Randazza on Alex Jones’s defamation case

The Legal Satyricon

Alex Jones faces several defamation lawsuits in different states filed by the families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. censorship defamation First Amendment free speech misc freedom of expressionMarc Randazza is protecting the rights of Alex Jones, a host on InfoWars and a journalist. Alex Jones at one point questioned the official narrative of the story, but now believes the shooting […].

CFP: AALS Section on Defamation and Privacy

Media Law Prof Blog

Call for Papers AALS Section on Defamation and Privacy The AALS Section on Defamation and Privacy invites submissions for papers for a session titled “Social Media Content Moderation and the Future of Free Speech,” which will take place in January

An Interesting Defamation Question – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

TRANSCRIPT: I've got a pretty interesting defamation question for you today… Hi, I'm attorney Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer your entertainment law questions, to help you take your career and business to the next level. This is a question mainly about the law of defamation. The elements for a case of defamation vary a little from State to State, but fundamentally, they are: A False Statement (So truth is always a defense). VIDEO: [link].

Google suggests defamation

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner A lot of folks think the British are crazy when it comes to defamation, but never insult someone in French. Tags: Decisions Roundup Defamation Web/Tech Two companies, Direct Energie and CNFDI, sued Google because when users entered the company name in the.

Conklin on The Big Problem With the Small Penis Rule: Why It Does Not Limit Defamation Liability @AngeloState

Media Law Prof Blog

Michael Conklin, Angelo State University, has published The Big Problem with the Small Penis Rule: Why It Does Not Limit Defamation Liability. The small penis rule is an informal strategy for limiting defamation liability for authors

Long on All I Really Need To Know About Defamation Law In the 21st Century I Learned From Watching Hulk Hogan @UTKLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Long, University of Tennessee College of Law, has published All I Really Need to Know About Defamation Law in the 21st Century I Learned From Watching Hulk Hogan, as University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. Alex B.

Lets Play Find the Defamation

The Legal Satyricon

defamation Class, please watch the following video. There will be a quiz afterward. “Potato” is the credited response. Remember, it is not which answer is “correct,” but which is the “best” answer. Nevertheless, science author Paul Brodeur reportedly seeks $1m from the producers of American Hustle for their portrayal of his article in the film. source). […].

Garry on The Erosion of Common Law Privacy and Defamation @USDKnudsonLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Garry, University of South Dakota School of Law, has published The Erosion of Common Law Privacy and Defamation: Reconsidering the Law's Balancing of Speech, Privacy, and Reputation at 65 Wayne Law Review 279 (2020). Patrick M.

Did Rush Limbaugh Defame Sandra Fluke?

The Legal Satyricon

I received an inquiry asking if Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” would be the proper basis for a defamation claim. In order to have a valid defamation claim you must have: A false statement of fact About the plaintiff That harms the plaintiff’s reputation False Statement [.]. defamation feminismI do not believe it would be.

The Autocomplete Function and Defamation

Media Law Prof Blog

Cheung, The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, is publishing Defaming by Suggestion: Searching for Search Engine Liability in the Autocomplete Era in Comparative Perspectives on the Fundamentals of Freedom of Expression (Andras Koltay, ed. Anne S.

District Court Judge Dismisses OAN Defamation Suit Against Maddow, MSNBC

Media Law Prof Blog

A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed the lawsuit that Herring Networks, owner of One America News Network, brought against Rachel Maddow and other defendants, based on a statement Ms. Maddow made about the general bent of OAN's content, which

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Zaharoff on Defamation of the President

Media Law Prof Blog

Zachary Zaharoff, Independent, has published Defaming the Prince. This Article argues that press outlets should be completely immune from defamation suits initiated by a U.S. The Article presents the current defamation standard for public officials Here is the abstract. President.

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Magaldi and Davis on Examining Online Defamation Law Through the Twitter Account of James Woods

Media Law Prof Blog

Jessica Magaldi, Pace University, and Wade Davis, Minnesota State University, Mankato, are publishing 'Into the Bowels of Hell' Examining Online Defamation Law Through the Twitter Account of James Woods in volume 29 of the Southern Law Journal (Fall 2019).

Courtney Love responds to twitter defamation claim

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner In March, we wrote how Courtney Love became the first celebrity sued for Twitter defamation. Tags: Celebrity Defamation Free Speech Twitter Love has filed an interesting special motion to strike fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir's lawsuit against her. Among the claims: Simorangkir "repeatedly asked.

Rolling Stone Gets One Victory as Defamation Trial Continues

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge rules in the publication's favor that Nicole Eramo wasn't defamed by implications in the infamous campus rape story. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Culture Business THR Online

Liability For Anonymous Online Defamation

Media Law Prof Blog

Ronen Perry and Tal Zarsky, both of the University of Haifa Faculty of Law, have published Who Should Be Liable for Online Anonymous Defamation? at 82 University of Chicago Law Review Dialogue 162 (2015). Here is the abstract. The paper

District Court Dismisses Arpaio Defamation Suit Against New York Times

Media Law Prof Blog

District Court for the District of Columbia has dismissed Joe Arpaio's defamation suit against the New York Times. The U.S. In a short ruling, Judge Amit P. Mehta held that the plaintiff failed to allege sufficient facts "that plausbily establish

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From the Law Commission of Ontario: Defamation Law in the Internet Age: Final Report (2020) @LCO_CDO

Media Law Prof Blog

The Law Commission of Ontario has published Defamation Law in the Internet Age: Final Report (March 2020). This is the Final Report of the Law Commission of Ontario’s (LCO’s) Defamation Law in the Internet Age project.

Liability for Online Anonymous Defamation

Media Law Prof Blog

Ronen Perry, University of Haifa Faculty of Law, and University of Oxford Faculty of Law, and Tal Zarsky, University of Haifa, have published Who Should Be Liable for Online Anonymous Defamation? at 82 University of Chicago Dialogue 162 (2015).

Oprah defamation case can go to trial

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Tags: Celebrity Decisions Roundup Defamation Litigation

Using State Law to Counter a Business Defamation Claim

The Legal Satyricon

defamationby Jay Marshall Wolman Readers of this blog know that Marc is giddy that the Federal Trade Commission has sued Roca Labs. One of the more interesting features of the suit is that the FTC argues that legal action arising from negative reviews, which the FTC terms “gag clause practices”: not only injure the purchasers […].

Courtney Love loses motion to dismiss Twitter defamation case

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has denied Courtney Love's attempts to throw out what may be a precedent-setting Twitter defamation lawsuit. In March, clothing designer Dawn Simorangkir sued Love for defamation, invasion of privacy and infliction. Tags: Celebrity Defamation Litigation Twitter

Kim Kardashian sued for Twitter defamation

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Tags: Advertising Celebrity Defamation Twitter

ESPN scores TKO against Don King defamation lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner A Florida appeals court has upheld a lower court's ruling that ESPN didn't defame Don King in a special on the boxing promoter. Tags: Decisions Roundup Defamation Litigation Sports Television The episode of "Sports Century" included allegations that King cheated a hospital out of.

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Second Circuit: Palin Defamation Suit Against NYT May Move Ahead

Media Law Prof Blog

The Second Circuit has reversed a lower court and is allowing Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit against the New York Times to move forward. More here from the National Law Journal. Here is a link to the ruling

Steve Wynn Files Another Defamation Suit

The Legal Satyricon

Boston Globe reports that Steve Wynn is a plaintiff in a defamation suit in Boston. says unknown defendants defamed the company by providing subpoenas to the media related to a City of Boston lawsuit against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. […]. The Boston Globe reports: In a lawsuit filed Monday in Suffolk Superior Court, Wynn Resorts Ltd.

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TO DEFAME OR NOT TO DEFAME

KWIKA Entertainment Law Blog

Tags: Defamation Opinion

Remedies For Defamation

Media Law Prof Blog

Ardia, University of North Carolia, Chapel Hill, School of Law, is publishing Freedom of Speech, Defamation, and Injunctions in the William & Mary Law Review (forthcoming). David S. Here is the abstract. It has long been a fixture of Anglo-American

NBCU, CBS strike back in 'Bruno' defamation case

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner EXCLUSIVE: NBC Universal and CBS have fired back in the $110 million defamation lawsuit filed in December by Palestinian activist Ayman Abu Aita against the congloms, Sacha Baron Cohen and David Letterman over a scene in "Bruno". Tags: Bruno Defamation Litigation

Oprah settles defamation case on eve of trial

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Just days after a judge ruled that a defamation case against Oprah Winfrey can go to trial, the chat queen has settled the matter. Tags: Defamation Litigation By Matthew Belloni Well, that was quick. Terms weren't disclosed, but the plaintiff had a nice.

Todd on Satire in Defamation Law

Media Law Prof Blog

Jeff Todd, Texas State University, San Marcos, Department of Finance and Economics, is publishing Satire in Defamation Law: Toward a Critical Understanding in volume 35 of the Review of Litigation (2016). Though defamation, with its blend Here is the abstract.

Sixth Circuit Affirms Lower Court Ruling Dismissing Defamation Suit Against New York Times

Media Law Prof Blog

The Sixth Circuit affirms a lower court ruling dismissing a defamation lawsuit against the New York Times. An Ohio State University professor sued over a NYT article, but the lower court held, and the 6th circuit agreed, that a reasonable

Analyzing the Sarah Palin defamation threats

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Tags: Defamation

Public Institutions and the Law of Defamation

Media Law Prof Blog

Hilary Young, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Faculty of Law, has published Public Institutions as Defamation Plaintiffs. It is reasonably well settled in Canadian common law that governments cannot bring defamation actions against citizens. Here is the abstract. That said