Libel

Does RT=Defamatory Endorsement? MSNBC’s Joy Reid Sued For Defamation Over a Retweet

Does RT=Defamatory Endorsement? MSNBC’s Joy Reid Sued For Defamation Over a Retweet

November 6, 2018: Could the MSNBC Host be Liable for a False Accusation in a Retweet?  MSNBC host Joy Reid is being sued for defamation for using her substantial social media presence to publish an inaccurate account that took place at a city council meeting in California. Back in June, Reid retweeted a photo of Plaintiff Roslyn La Liberte in[Read More…]

November 7, 2018 Libel, Top Stories
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announces newly launched program aimed at providing security around schools in Anthem, Arizona, U.S. January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Laura Segall/File Photo

Ex-Sheriff Seeking $147.5 Million in Defamation Suit Against NYT

October 16, 2018: Lawsuit Claims Op-Ed Harmed Reputation, Caused Financial Damage Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed a lawsuit seeking $147.5 million in damages against the New York Times and a member of its editorial board over an column published by the Times on August 28 titled “Well, at Least Sheriff Joe Isn’t Going to Congress: Arpaio’s loss in Arizona’s[Read More…]

October 24, 2018 Libel, Top Stories
Judge Drops Stormy Daniels’ Defamation Suit Against Trump, Says Tweet Was Protected Under 1A

Judge Drops Stormy Daniels’ Defamation Suit Against Trump, Says Tweet Was Protected Under 1A

  October 15, 2018: The Judge Also Ordered Daniels To Pay Trump’s Legal Fees A federal judge in California dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by Stormy Daniels against President Trump, ruling that the President did not defame her in a tweet he posted in April 2018. The tweet included a an image of a sketch of a man Daniels claimed[Read More…]

October 16, 2018 Libel, Top Stories
First Amendment Watch Teacher Guide: Can First Amendment Defenses Save Provocateur Alex Jones From The Sandy Hook Libel Suits?

First Amendment Watch Teacher Guide: Can First Amendment Defenses Save Provocateur Alex Jones From The Sandy Hook Libel Suits?

People whose reputation has been harmed by a publication may decide to sue for libel. In today’s highly charged political environment, a number of high-profile libel suits have been filed as a result of public controversies. Among them, Sandy Hook Elementary School parents sued Alex Jones and Infowars; coal mogul Robert Murray sued Last Week Tonight host John Oliver; Stormy Daniels, a porn star, sued Donald Trump; and a woman who claimed Bill Cosby assaulted her sued him for libel.

Sandy Hook parents, who suffered the trauma of losing their children to a mass murderer, and their lawsuit against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, provides a compelling case study for teaching defamation law.

September 6, 2018 Libel, Teacher Guides
FILE PHOTO: Roy Moore (L) and Sacha Baron Cohen are seen in this combination photo in Midland City, Alabama, U.S., December 11, 2017 and in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016 respectively.   REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman (L) REUTERS/Adrees Latif (R)

Roy Moore Sues Sacha Baron Cohen For $95 Million In Defamation Case, Claiming False Portrayal As Sex Offender

September 5, 2018: The Former Alabama Senate Candidate Claims He Was Duped On Show Former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is suing Sacha Baron Cohen, CBS, and Showtime for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and fraud, for implying that he is a pedophile on the July 29 episode of Cohen’s satirical show “Who Is America?” Moore is seeking $95[Read More…]

September 6, 2018 Below the Fold, Libel
Defamation Lawsuits Pile Up Against InfoWars And Alex Jones

Defamation Lawsuits Pile Up Against InfoWars And Alex Jones

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. Now, six more families of Sandy Hook victims and an FBI agent filed a third defamation lawsuit Wednesday against Jones.

August 30, 2018 Below the Fold, Libel
FILE PHOTO --  USA Boxing - Manny Pacquiao & Jessie Vargas - Head-to-Head Press Conference - Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills - 8/9/16Steve Wynn during the press conference. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

Ballard Spahr: Nevada Court Rejects Defamation Claim Brought Against Associated Press by Casino Mogul

Reprinted with Permission from Ballard Spahr In an opinion and order issued yesterday, a Nevada state court dismissed with prejudice a defamation claim brought by businessman Steve Wynn against the Associated Press (AP) and one of its reporters. The court held that the challenged news report was absolutely privileged as a fair and accurate summary of a publicly available police[Read More…]

August 27, 2018 Libel
FILE PHOTO: Tablets of the opioid-based Hydrocodone at a pharmacy in Portsmouth, Ohio, U.S. on June 21, 2017.   REUTERS/Bryan Woolston/File Photo

Ballard Spahr: W. Virginia Court Rejects Claim Opioid Reports Defamed Pharmacist

Reprinted with Permission from Ballard Spahr A West Virginia federal court has rejected defamation claims arising from two Peabody Award-winning CBS Evening News reports about the opioid epidemic. Granting CBS’s motion for summary judgment on Tuesday, Judge Joseph Goodwin wrote that CBS’s journalists had “thoroughly investigated” this ongoing crisis, and described their reporting as “applaudable.” In 2016, CBS aired a series of news reports about[Read More…]

August 23, 2018 Libel, Privacy
Ballard Spahr: A Five-Star Decision: Yelp’s Recent Victory Reaffirms Broad Protections of Section 230

Ballard Spahr: A Five-Star Decision: Yelp’s Recent Victory Reaffirms Broad Protections of Section 230

Reprinted with Permission from Ballard Spahr In a closely watched decision with significant ramifications for online speech, earlier this week, the California Supreme Court struck down an injunction requiring Yelp, a popular online consumer review platform, to remove two allegedly defamatory reviews from its website. The decision is important because it rejected a potential procedural end-run around Section 230 of[Read More…]

July 6, 2018 Libel, Speech, Top Stories
Charges Dropped Against New Hampshire Man Arrested For Defaming Police Chief

Charges Dropped Against New Hampshire Man Arrested For Defaming Police Chief

June 7, 2018: Police Drop Criminal Defamation Charges  The Exeter police dropped charges against Robert Frese who was arrested for criminal defamation of a police chief for a comment made online. In a press release, Exeter police said that, “In further review by the attorney general’s office of the facts of this case and the law, it is their opinion[Read More…]

June 11, 2018 Libel, Top Stories