Libel

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 24, 2018.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

CA Rep. Devin Nunes Sues Twitter And Three Users for $250M Over Defamation, Negligence and Conspiracy

Nunes is accusing Twitter of “knowingly hosting and monetizing content that is clearly abusive, hateful and defamatory” to undermine the public’s confidence in him, thereby benefiting his political opponents.

March 20, 2019 Libel, Speech
With the U.S. Supreme Court building in the background, Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives prior to meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 10, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Handman and Zycherman: “Fear Not: New York Times v. Sullivan Heartily Embraced by the Court’s Newest Jurist, Justice Kavanaugh”

The post is another essay in response to Justice Clarence Thomas’s concurrence from a denial of certiorari in the case of  McKee v. Cosby (2019). The previous post was by Lee Levine & Stephen Wermiel: Dubious Doubts and ‘the Central Meaning of the First Amendment’—A Preliminary Reply to Justice Thomas (March 1, 2019). By Laura Handman & Lisa Zycherman Justice Clarence Thomas recently[Read More…]

March 12, 2019 Below the Fold, Essays, Libel
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas participates in taking a new family photo with his fellow justices at the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., U.S., June 1, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Levine and Wermiel: “Dubious Doubts and ‘the Central Meaning of the First Amendment’—A Preliminary Reply to Justice Thomas”

March 1, 2019 By Lee Levine and Stephen Wermiel   There are any number of obvious responses to Justice Clarence Thomas’s misguided assertion in McKee v. Cosby (2019) that New York Times v. Sullivan (1964) ought to be overruled. They include the overwhelming academic consensus applauding the decision both at the time and thereafter; the proper role of original intent[Read More…]

March 1, 2019 Below the Fold, Essays, Libel
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Calls On the Court to Reconsider Landmark Libel Case

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Calls On the Court to Reconsider Landmark Libel Case

Calling for the reconsideration of the actual malice standard is a major attack on New York Times v. Sullivan.

March 1, 2019 Below the Fold, Libel
Nicholas Sandmann, 16, a student from Covington Catholic High School stands in front of Native American activist Nathan Phillips in Washington, U.S., in this still image from a January 18, 2019 video by Kaya Taitano. Kaya Taitano/Social Media/via REUTERS

The Parents of the Covington Teen In The Lincoln Memorial Encounter Sue Washington Post For $250M

February 20, 2019: The Suit Says That The Post Made “False and Defamatory Accusations” In Its Reporting Of the Incident The family of the Kentucky teen at the center of a viral encounter with a Native American activist last month is seeking $250 million in damages from the Washington Post for their coverage of the conflict.  According to allegations outlined[Read More…]

February 21, 2019 Libel, Top Stories
FILE PHOTO: Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin and CEO of Amazon, speaks about the future plans of Blue Origin during an address to attendees at Access Intelligence's SATELLITE 2017 conference in Washington, U.S., March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

“Extortion And Blackmail”: Bezos Makes Accusations Against National Enquirer Public

February 8, 2019: AMI Claims That Publishing Intimate Photos of Bezos Is Newsworthy Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos is accusing American Media, Inc. of blackmail and extortion in a blog post that included a series of threatening emails Bezos says he received from AMI and its lawyer. Bezos writes that after the National Enquirer, which is owned by AMI, published an exposé rife with intimate[Read More…]

February 8, 2019 Below the Fold, Libel, News Gathering, Press
Sandy Hook Families See A Series Of Consequential Successes In Their Defamation Suits Against Jones, Infowars

Sandy Hook Families See A Series Of Consequential Successes In Their Defamation Suits Against Jones, Infowars

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, the victims’ families have responded by filing defamation lawsuits in both Connecticut and Texas against Jones, stating that he made defamatory statements that were “knowingly false or made with reckless disregard for the truth.”

January 14, 2019 Libel
Methuen Square in Methuen, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Mayor Can Pursue Defamation Suit Against Local Paper, Judge Rules

January 3, 2019: The Judge Said That Five Statements Made In The Column In Question “Are Disputed Issues of Fact”  A judge is allowing a defamation lawsuit brought by the mayor of Methuen, Massachusetts James Jajuga to go to trial against the publisher of a local monthly paper over comments made in a column published last March. The judge denied publisher[Read More…]

January 3, 2019 Below the Fold, Libel
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk speaks with Los Angeles Mayor Ken Garcetti (unseen) in a "fireside chat" at the National League of Cities (NLC) 2018 City Summit in Los Angeles, California, U.S. November 8, 2018. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot

Citing First Amendment Rights, Musk Seeks To Dismiss Defamation Suit

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is asking a judge to dismiss a libel claim against him brought by a British diver involved in the international rescue mission of young boys trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand, arguing that his Tweets calling the diver a “pedo” and “child rapist” were an opinion and could not be construed as facts.

January 2, 2019 Below the Fold, Libel, Offensive Speech
Buzzfeed Prevails In Defamation Lawsuit Filed By Russian Executive For Publishing Dossier

Buzzfeed Prevails In Defamation Lawsuit Filed By Russian Executive For Publishing Dossier

December 19, 2018: The Judge Ruled That The Outlet Was Covered By Fair Report Privilege A federal judge ruled in Buzzfeed’s favor in a lawsuit brought by Russian technology executive Aleksej Gubarev. Gubarev claimed that he was defamed in a dossier published by Buzzfeed in January 2017 that contained unverified reports of alleged ties between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government.[Read More…]

December 20, 2018 Libel, News Gathering, Top Stories