Volokh on Anti-Libel Injunctions and the Criminal Libel Connection @VolokhC

Media Law Prof Blog

Eugene Volokh, UCLA School of Law, is publishing Anti-Libel Injunctions and the Criminal Libel Connection in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. An injunction against libel, which carries the threat of prosecution for criminal contempt, is Here is the abstract.

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“Literally” Libel… Proof

Gordon P. Firemark

THE WELSH GOVERNMENT IMDB DECISION CONFIRMED BY APPELLATE COURT LIBEL CASES IN THE NEWS HYPERBOLE IS STILL OK, RACHEL MADDOW WINS HER MOTION TO STRIKE WOLF OF WALL STREET LIBEL IN FICTION CLAIM FAILS DYKSTRA IS LIBEL-PROOF FAIR USE OF CHILDREN'S SONG FOUND FOR IDENTICAL USE IN DIFFERENT CONTEXT QUICK-TAKE: COPYRIGHT STILL APPLIES TO POLITICAL ADS Tom Petty complaint re “Won’t Back Down” Trump Video taken down by twitter and FB after DMCA request U.S.

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Libel Tourism

Media Law Prof Blog

Klein, Indiana University School of Law, has published Some Thoughts on Libel Tourism at 38 Pepperdine Law Review 101 (2010). This paper addresses the topic of “libel tourism,” a phrase used to describe cases Andrew R. Here is the abstract.

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Libel Tourism Era Over In UK?

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Guardian: British attorneys are saying the golden era of "libel tourism" is over, after a British judge dismissed a libel action brought by a Russian ex-police officer against a UK businessman, holding that the former cop had no

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Looking at Libel Tourism

Media Law Prof Blog

Richardson, both of the University of Melbourne Law School, have published Libel Tourism or Just Redress? Reconciling the (English) Right to Reputation with the (American) Right to Free Speech in Cross-Border Libel Cases at 5 Richard Garnett and Megal L.

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On the Libel Front

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Guardian: the British Ministry of Justice has issued proposals that would cut the cost of pursuing libel actions for plaintiffs considerably by ensuring that if they lose, they would only have to pay their own attorneys'' costs, instead

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Entertainment Law Update Podcast 032 – Lawyers, Libel, Logos and Lolipops

Gordon P. Firemark

TRAVOLTA AND SINGER SUED FOR LIBEL. Robert Randolph, who wrote the book “You’ll Never Spa In This Town Again” is suing John Travolta and Martin Singer for trade libel based on statements Singer made on behalf of Travolta about Randolph in a letter to Gawker. The letter is likely protected by the litigation privilege, an absolute bar to the trade libel claim, so it follows that this case will either be dismissed with prejudice or struck under anti-SLAPP.

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Time to Rethink the Libel Process

The Legal Satyricon

by Charles Platt I don’t much care for libel laws. Tags: Civil Liberties internet law libel If someone seriously defames me, my classical recourse is to engage in a lengthy and expensive court battle which is a huge waste of resources. When a writer I know pursued such a battle, more than five years elapsed before he finally made it into court, and [.].

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Campbell and Exner on A Calgary Chiropodist Who Complained of Libel, 1916 @TheHeidikins

Media Law Prof Blog

Exner, both of the University of Calgary, have published An Elusive Remedy: A Calgary Chiropodist Complains of Libel, 1916 at 6 Law & History 115 (2019). Lyndsay Campbell and Heidi J. Here is the abstract. The decision of a

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Product Libel and Food Production Reform

Media Law Prof Blog

Nicole Negowetti, Valparaiso University Law School, is publishing Opening the Barnyard Door: Trasparency (sic) and the Resurgence of Ag-Gag & Veggie Libel Laws in volume 38 of the Seattle University Law Review (2015). Here is the abstract. Over the past

More On Libel Tourism

Media Law Prof Blog

The Guardian's Roy Greenslade on California's libel tourism law

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More on Libel Tourism

Media Law Prof Blog

"British Libel Law Chills U.S. Scholars' Speech, But Change Is Afoot," in the Chronicle of Higher Education, discusses the current state of defamation law in the UK with regard to "libel tourism

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ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: PREVENTING "LIBEL TOURISM"

Entertainment Litigation Blog

CONGRESS MAY ATTEMPT TO LIMIT LIBEL SUITS IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES In my recent post about protecting your reputation , I alluded to the recent trend of filing defamation (libel) cases in the UK because of that country's less restrictive burdens of proof. The problem comes when libel defendants in the US, who may not have the resources to defend themselves, are sued in the UK.

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Blake Shelton's Libel Claim Against In Touch Weekly Backed by Judge

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The feature's headline "The Real Story: REHAB for Blake" in itself supports a libel claim, the judge says. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

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New From LSU Press: Eric P. Robinson, Reckless Disregard: St. Amant v. Thompson and the Transformation of Libel Law @lsupress

Media Law Prof Blog

Thompson and the Transformation of Libel Law (LSU Press, 2018). Newly published: Eric P. Robinson, University of South Carolina, has published Reckless Disregard: St. Amant v. Here, from the publisher's website, is a description of the book's contents. In the

Libel Tourism Law Passes!

The Legal Satyricon

Cohen sponsored HR 2765, the Libel Tourism bill, and Obama signed it into law on Tuesday. Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) represents the people of Memphis, TN. His district also includes Graceland. That can’t be a coincidence, because he is the Congressional King of Free Speech legislation. The new law now protects Americans from defamation judgments [.].

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Couple receives largest internet libel award

The Legal Satyricon

million in a libel lawsuit after anonymous commenters started an online campaign designed to ruin their reputations. The judgment is the largest ever awarded in an internet libel case. A jury in Fort Worth, Texas awarded a husband and wife $13.78 Source). The plaintiffs—an attorney and a salon owner—had previously been the subject of a criminal [.]. anonymous speech defamation

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Is the Internet killing libel lawsuits?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni Back in the early days of the Web, plenty of media lawyers predicted that without discerning, professional journalists filtering content, malicious falsehoods would proliferate and libel lawsuits, in turn, would increase. Turns out the opposite is true.

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Bill Cosby Libel Accusers Want to Depose Quincy Jones, WME

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Tamara Green, and six other women, are suing Cosby for libel over denials by his reps that they were sexually assaulted. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online Bill Cosby William Morris Endeavor Quincy Jones

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Jury finds libel in fictional character

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner Last year, we wrote about attorney Ravi Batra, who convinced the New York Supreme Court not to dismiss a "libel-in-fiction" defamation claim against the TV show "Law & Order" over a corrupt fictional character. Now comes word.

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Robinson on Libel By the Numbers: The Use of Public Opinion Polls in Defamation Lawsuits @UofSC

Media Law Prof Blog

Robinson, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of South Carolina, has published Libel By the Numbers: The Use of Opinion Polls in Defamation Lawsuits at 51 First Amendment Studies 62 (2018). Eric P. Here is the abstract. After a

Abramson on Full Court Press: Drawing in Media Defenses in Libel and Privacy Cases @UTAustin

Media Law Prof Blog

Jeffrey Abramson, University of Texas, Austin, is publishing Full Court Press: Drawing in Media Defenses in Libel and Privacy Cases, in the Oregon Law Review. Here is the abstract. Recent jury verdicts against Rolling Stone Magazine and Gawker Media raise

Coors on the Assessment of Libel Damages in Germany

Media Law Prof Blog

Corinna Coors, University of West London, Ealing Law School, is publishing Restoring Lost Honour: The Assessment of Libel Damages in Germany in volume 4 of the Entertainment Law Review (2016). Here is the abstract. This article critically highlights the effectiveness

Jones and Lidsky on Libel Law in a Networked World

Media Law Prof Blog

RonNell Andersen Jones, Brigham Young University Law School, and Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky, University of Florida College of Law, are publishing Of Reasonable Readers and Unreasonable Speakers: Libel Law in a Networked World in the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and

Brett Ratner Sues Woman for Libel Over Rape Allegation

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The director says Melanie Kohler's claim on Facebook that he raped her more than a decade ago is entirely false. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online Brett Ratner

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Couple receives largest internet libel award

The Legal Satyricon

million in a libel lawsuit after anonymous commenters started an online campaign designed to ruin their reputations. The judgment is the largest ever awarded in an internet libel case. A jury in Fort Worth, Texas awarded a husband and wife $13.78 Source). The plaintiffs—an attorney and a salon owner—had previously been the subject of a criminal [.]. anonymous speech defamation

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Man Wins $400,000 In Damages In Internet Libel Case

Media Law Prof Blog

Gene Cooley has won a libel suit and more than $400,000 in damages against a woman who posted libelous statements on the Internet against him. Beginning in 2008, shortly after the death of Mr. Cooley's fiancee, Sybil Denise Ballew began

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Coyle on the SPEECH Act and the Enforcement of Foreign Libel Judgments in the United States

Media Law Prof Blog

Coyle, University of North Carolina School of Law, is publishing The SPEECH Act and the Enforcement of Foreign Libel Judgments in the United States in the Yearbook of Private International Law. John F. Here is the abstract. This essay for

Lisa Bloom Says Bill O'Reilly Is Libel-Proof

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"His reputation is about as low as it could be," said Bloom, who is defending Michael Panter. read more. THR, Esq. Television Politics THR Online Bill O'Reilly

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Comparative Libel Law: British and US

Media Law Prof Blog

Itai Maytal, Cardozo School of Law, has published Libel Lessons from Across the Pond - What British Courts Can Learn from the United States' Chilling Experience with the 'Multiple Publication Rule' in Traditional Media and the Internet, at 3 Journal

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Richard Simmons' Libel Lawsuit Against National Enquirer Meets Skeptical Judge

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The court tentatively holds that "like race, being transgender is an immutable characteristic" and while being transgender may subject a person to contempt from a portion of the population it "will not validate those prejudices by legally recognizing them." read more. THR, Esq. Culture Home THR Online

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Elton John Sues Times of London For Libel

Media Law Prof Blog

Singer Elton John is suing the Times of London for libel over an article that links him to what the paper says is a "scheme" that allows wealthy individuals to move cash to accounts outside Britain in order to avoid

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Collecting a Libel Tourism Judgment

Media Law Prof Blog

Doug Rendleman, Washington and Lee University School lof Law, has published "Collecting a Libel Tourist’s Defamation Judgment?" A libel plaintiff sued an American defendant in a foreign nation forthcoming in the Washington and Lee Law Review. Here is the abstract.

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Martin Scorsese Production Company Escapes 'Wolf of Wall Street' Libel Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A former executive at Stratton Oakmont didn't like being portrayed as a criminal. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

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A New Approach to Libel Tourism

Media Law Prof Blog

Today's Times of London reports that the British government will unveil a proposal to bring under control the ever expanding phenomenon of "libel tourism"--foreigners who bring defamation actions in plaintiff-friendly English courts

U.S. Senate passes 'libel tourism' bill - Blog - Committee to Protect Journalists

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Senate passes 'libel tourism' bill - Blog - Committee to Protect Journalists This week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill shielding journalists and publishers from “ libel tourism.” Journalists and press freedom defenders outside the United States did, however, pay attention to the legislation , which they hope will spur libel law reform in their countries. I wrote about the practice, known as libel tourism, last year.

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British Government Release Draft Defamation Bill To Address Libel Tourism

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Independent: with a new Defamation Bill, the British government announces changes in libel laws that seek to protect the expression of honest opinion. More here from Inform's Blog, the BBC, but some criticism from the Content ETC blog

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Cain hires ‘pit bull,’ ‘anti-Gloria Allred’ libel lawyer

The Legal Satyricon

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain recently hired celebrity “pit bull” libel lawyer Lin Wood to defend him against the multiple sexual accusations that have surfaced in recent weeks. Wood became earned his libel litigation chops after representing Richard Jewell, the American security guard who police considered to be a suspect in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing [.].

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Tom Cruise Settles Libel Lawsuit with Life & Style Magazine over Suri Story

Law of Hollywood Land

This week, that libel lawsuit, which sought damages of $50 million, was settled. The post Tom Cruise Settles Libel Lawsuit with Life & Style Magazine over Suri Story appeared first on Law of Hollywoodland. Last Year, Tom Cruise filed a lawsuit against Bauer Media Group over a cover story on Life & Style magazine which purported that after his divorce with Katie Holmes, he had “abandoned” his daughter Suri.

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Criminal Libel Cases In Colorado

Media Law Prof Blog

The local prosecutor decided to charge him under the state's criminal libel statute, which could land him in jail if he's convicted. Weichel is apparently still awaiting trial for posts he made about his girlfriend on Craigslist.

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Judge Dismisses Part of Laurie Fine's Libel Lawsuit Against ESPN

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The wife of a former Syracuse basketball assistant coach loses her claim that she was libeled in ESPN reports that suggested she slept with players. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Television ESPN Business

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Boston Lawyer Wins Libel Case for Former V.I. Judge

Media Law

Virgin Islands won a $240,000 libel verdict this week against the Virgin Islands Daily News. Tags: libel A former Superior Court judge in the U.S. The former judge, Leon Kendall, was represented in the lawsuit by Howard Cooper , the Boston lawyer who in 2005 won a $2.1 million verdict against The Boston Herald for former Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Ernest Murphy. According to a report today in The Daily News , the jury on St. Thomas returned the verdict Tuesday.

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'Biggest Loser' Contestant Asks Court to Drop Doctor's Libel Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"The concern over protracted litigation and chilled speech are of particular concern in a case such as this one, involving an individual defendant offering a first-hand account of her own experiences and opinions," writes former contestant Joelle Gwynn's attorney. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

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