Defamation

Sarah Palin speaks at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado, U.S., July 1, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Sarah Palin’s Defamation Suit Against NY Times

A federal appeals court reinstated Sarah Palin’s 2017 defamation suit against The New York Times. Palin had sued the paper for an editorial that she alleges incorrectly linked her and her PAC to the 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona. “This case is ultimately about the First Amendment, but the subject matter implicated in this appeal is far less dramatic: rules of procedure and pleading standards,” reads the unanimous decision by the federal appeal court judges.

August 7, 2019 Defamation
Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to members of the media during a town hall at the Peterborough Town House in Peterborough, New Hampshire, U.S., July 8, 2019. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

Covington Teens Sue Elizabeth Warren and 11 Other High-Profile Individuals for Defamation

August 2, 2019 The families of eight teenagers from Covington, Kentucky have filed a libel lawsuit in Kentucky’s Kenton County Circuit Court against twelve individuals for using “their large social media platforms” to circulate false statements about them. Among those listed as defendants include presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren, New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman, and social activist Shaun King.[Read More…]

August 2, 2019 Below the Fold, Defamation
The New York Times Building, Manhattan, New York City, USA. FLICKR/Adam Jone.

Ballard Spahr: Sixth Circuit Sides with ‘The New York Times’ in Defamation Suit

Reprinted with Permission from Ballard Spahr July 19, 2019 An article in The New York Times about controversy surrounding an Ohio State University cancer researcher was not defamatory because reasonable readers would understand it was “a standard piece of investigative journalism” that presented both sides of the story, the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held in a July 17 decision. The unanimous three-judge[Read More…]

July 19, 2019 Below the Fold, Defamation, Free Press
Stickers bearing the Facebook logo are pictured at Facebook Inc's F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo

Laura Loomer Sues Facebook for Defamation, Requesting More Than $3 Billion in Punitive Damages 

July 10, 2019 Laura Loomer, an Internet personality known for her anti-Muslim rhetoric, is suing Facebook for defamation after the company banned her and other “dangerous individuals” from the platform in May 2019. Loomer was one of six users to be removed from Facebook for violating the company’s policies on hate speech. Other big names banned from the site include[Read More…]