DJT and Libel Laws

Media Law Prof Blog

Some views on whether libel laws could actually change under a Trump administration. From Sydney Ember (New York Times), Peter Stevenson (WaPo/The Fix), Jeff Horwitz (Associated Press, PBS), and Floyd Abrams (Hollywood Reporter

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Is Donald Trump Libel-Proof?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The reality star turned presidential candidate is on the record saying a slew of outrageous things, which could hurt him in future defamation suits. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

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Trending Sources

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.

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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Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Drops Libel Lawsuits Against Buzzfeed, Fusion GPS

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The lawsuits challenged what was said about him in the infamous "Trump Dossier." read more. THR, Esq. Politics Politics Tech THR Online

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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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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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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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Opinion | Return of the Blood Libel - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

For example, for centuries people repeated the “blood libel” — the claim that Jews sacrificed Christian babies as part of the Passover ritual. Opinion | Return of the Blood Libel - The New York Times "The speed of America’s moral descent under Donald Trump is breathtaking.

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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.

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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How Donald Trump Could Mess With Libel Laws

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Sorry journalists. There are things that Trump could attempt to accomplish to make defamation claims more of a nuisance. read more. THR, Esq. Politics Politics Business THR Online

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).

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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

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.

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More On Libel Tourism

Media Law Prof Blog

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

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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

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.

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A Look At Donald Trump, Libel Defendant: "Perception Is Reality"

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

At a court hearing this month that included multiple references to Nazi Germany, the Republican candidate aimed to throw out a lawsuit accusing him of bullying a female political operative. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Culture THR Online

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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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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Libel Tourism In the Australian Legal Regime

Media Law Prof Blog

Australia as a Destination for ''Libel Tourism'' at 19 Australian International Law Journal 79 (2012). The phenomenon of ‘libel tourism’ has caused tension between David Rolph, University of Sydney Faculty of Law, has published Splendid Isolation? Here is the abstract.

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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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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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Famed Media Defender: Reporters Should Think About Suing Donald Trump for Libel

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

According to Floyd Abrams, protecting the First Amendment might necessitate going on the offensive. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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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'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.

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'Wolf of Wall Street' Producers Push for End to "Libel in Fiction" Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Paramount Pictures, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio fight claims from the former general counsel at Stratton Oakmont. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Journalists Warily Eye Massachusetts Libel Ruling

Media Law

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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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Donald Trump Beats Libel Lawsuit Over Tweets Directed at Political Strategist

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The judge concludes Trump's tweets were "opinion" and acknowledges that to some, truth has been lost in a social media era where bullying reigns. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Culture Tech Business THR Online

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.

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ESPN Demands End to Libel Lawsuit Over Sex Abuse Story

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A 2011 report about an assistant coach at Syracuse University changed the network's guidelines on reporting about criminal allegations. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

More Views on 'Dangerous' Libel Case

Media Law

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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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Mass. Libel Case Survives Appeal

Media Law

A libel case brought by a former Abington town official against the Brockton Enterprise will be allowed to proceed to trial, based on a ruling issued today by the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Howell's libel suit alleged that the Enterprise defamed him by accusing him of storing pornography on town computers and by making other allegations that he says are false. Tags: libel

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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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Techdirt's Mike Masnick Defeats $15M Libel Lawsuit From Self-Proclaimed Inventor of Email

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"[T]he question of who invented e-mail is not subject to one, and only one, 'true' answer," a federal judge writes. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech THR Online

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Vivica A. Fox Sued for Libel Over Male Stripper Show Comments

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The suit centers on competing exotic male review shows that followed two 'Chocolate City' films and a Lifetime reality series starring Fox. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Culture THR Online Vivica A.