Libel

InfoWars And Alex Jones Face Defamation Suits by Sandy Hook Parents

InfoWars And Alex Jones Face Defamation Suits by Sandy Hook Parents

The 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre which killed 20 children and 6 adults galvanized parents and relatives of those murdered to promote gun reform. One conservative commentator who responded negatively to their efforts: Alex Jones and his Infowars which ran segments claiming the massacre at Sandy Hook was “a giant hoax.” Jones’ followers have continued to harass Sandy Hook families. Now Leonard Pozner and his former wife, Veronique De La Rosa, parents of Noah Pozner, and Neil Heslin, the father of Jesse Lewis, have responded by filing two defamation suits against Alex Jones stating “defendants’ defamatory statements were knowingly false or made with reckless disregard for the truth.” They are seeking at least $1 million in damages. This is the second time this year Alex Jones has been sued for defamation. In March, Brennan Gilmore, sued Jones for stories that led to threats against him.

April 18, 2018 Libel, Top Stories
President Trump’s Plans for Libel Laws

President Trump’s Plans for Libel Laws

President Trump and his team want to ‘open up’ libel laws. The goal: to make it easier to sue media organizations for unfavorable coverage. But there is little that the President can actually do to change the libel laws. There is no federal law on libel. State laws control libel, and all such laws are subject to stringent First Amendment protections for the press and other speakers that the Supreme Court has imposed through cases such as the landmark New York Times v. Sullivan decision in 1964. However, threats to loosen the libel laws is noteworthy as part of a larger effort to criticize the press and attack its credibility.

March 21, 2018 Below the Fold, Libel
LOS ANGELES - FEB 26: Summer Zervos, Gloria Allred at the 27th Annual Night of 100 Stars Oscar Viewing Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, CA

Judge Rules Defamation Suit Brought By An Ex-Apprentice Against President Trump Is A Go

March 20, 2018: Judge Allows Defamation Case Against President Trump To Move Forward Justice Jennifer Schecter of State Supreme Court in Manhattan in her decision allowing a defamation case to go forward against President Trump wrote, ““No one is above the law…It is settled that the president of the United States has no immunity and is ‘subject to the laws’[Read More…]

March 21, 2018 Libel, Top Stories
Conductor James Levine in 2013

Former Met Music Director James Levine Sues For Defamation

March 19, 2018: James Levine Fights Back After Sexual Abuse Allegations After an artistic collaboration spanning four decades, conductor James Levine was fired by the Metropolitan Opera, Monday, March 12th, after an “investigation uncovered credible evidence that Mr. Levine had engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct both before and during the period when he worked at the Met.” By[Read More…]

March 19, 2018 Libel, Top Stories
InfoWars, Alex Jones and Others Sued For Defamation

InfoWars, Alex Jones and Others Sued For Defamation

March 13, 2018: Brennan Gilmore, Attacked As “Deep State Shill” and “CIA Asset” by InfoWars, Fights Back Foreign Service Officer Brennan Gilmore, currently on leave from the State Department, filed a defamation lawsuit in U.S. District Court after false stories about his involvement in last year’s Charlottesville tragedy led to harassment and death threats. The suit targets a host of right-wing players[Read More…]

March 14, 2018 Libel, Top Stories
J3NE4D Ohio, USA. 19th Apr, 2017. Robert Murray, the 77-year-old founder and CEO of Murray Energy Corporation, talks in his office in St. Clairsville in Ohio, United States, 19 April 2017. The coal industry in the state has set its hopes on president Donald Trump and fracking. Photo: Andreas Hoenig/dpa/Alamy Live News

Defamation Suit By Coal Baron Against John Oliver Dismissed

Coal magnate Robert Murray has a long history of suing the media – at least nine organizations at last count. He targeted HBO’s John Oliver and The New York Times claiming that both misrepresented safety at his coal mines and attacked him personally. He even asked for an emergency “gag order” against rebroadcast of Oliver’s segment arguing it was hurting business and threatening employees. A federal judge ruled that Murray’s case against Oliver should proceed in state court. But after the case was remanded,HBO and Partially Important Productions submitted motions to dismiss which were granted. Murray intends to appeal.

February 25, 2018 Below the Fold, Libel, Privacy, Speech
History Speaks: Junius Wilkes on Protections Even for “False and Groundless” Reports

History Speaks: Junius Wilkes on Protections Even for “False and Groundless” Reports

A writer who took the name Junius Wilkes made a critical contribution to the discussion of press freedom even as the Revolutionary War neared conclusion. Writing in The Independent Gazetteer (Philadelphia) in 1782, Wilkes said that citizens are sovereign and therefore powerful, and “should have a right to examine and lay before the world such proceedings of power, as appear[Read More…]

January 18, 2018 History Speaks, Libel
ABC Settles “Pink Slime” Defamation Suit

ABC Settles “Pink Slime” Defamation Suit

Companies may have stronger libel protections based on new laws on the books.

October 27, 2017 Libel
United States Supreme Court Building

Emotional Distress: “Outrageousness” Has an Inherent Subjectiveness

Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress A satiric attack on Jerry Falwell, a Baptist pastor and founder of the conservative group, the Moral Majority, resulted in a major Supreme Court opinion protecting the First Amendment rights of satirists to deliver commentary mocking public figures in America. Larry Flynt, the publisher of Hustler Magazine, initiated the conflict in 1983 when he published[Read More…]

October 10, 2017 Legal Cases, Libel, Offensive Speech