Libel

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
InfoWars And Alex Jones Now Face Three Defamation Suits by Sandy Hook Parents

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

May 24, 2018 Libel, Top Stories
Columnist and The Dallas Morning News Argue in Libel Case that First Amendment Protects Contested Opinion Piece– and Win

Columnist and The Dallas Morning News Argue in Libel Case that First Amendment Protects Contested Opinion Piece– and Win

Parents of Paul Tatum, a teenager who committed suicide, sued now retired columnist Steve Blow at The Dallas Morning News for libel in regards to a piece he wrote in 2010 about their son’s death. The court however decided the column was protected by the First Amendment as it was an opinion piece and therefore protected speech. “The publication of Blow’s column may have run afoul of certain journalistic, ethical, and other standards. But the standards governing the law of defamation are not among them,” wrote Justice Jeff Brown, a former Texas Supreme Court chief justice who handled the case in the Supreme Court.

May 17, 2018 Libel, News Gathering, Press, Top Stories
American University Student Sues Neo-Nazi Site, Daily Stormer

American University Student Sues Neo-Nazi Site, Daily Stormer

May 1, 2018: Trollers, Online Harassers Taken To Task in New Lawsuit American University student Taylor Dumpson is bringing one of the first event student activist lawsuits against alt-right and online trolls, according to The Chronicle for Higher Education. In her suit, Dumpson states that, “just one day after being inaugurated as the first female African American student government president at[Read More…]

May 5, 2018 Libel, Speech, Top Stories
Will Stormy Daniel’s Defamation Suit Against President Trump Proceed?

Will Stormy Daniel’s Defamation Suit Against President Trump Proceed?

  April 30, 2018: First Summer Zervos, Now Stormy Daniels Charge President With Defamation Stephanie Clifford, a.k.a. Stormy Daniels, brought suit against President Trump in federal court in New York for “falsely attacking” her statement about a threatening incident that occurred in 2011 related to “her intention to tell the story of her relationship with Mr. Trump.” In a tweet[Read More…]

May 2, 2018 Libel, Top Stories
Former US Senate candidate Roy Moore Files Defamation Suit Against Female Accusers

Former US Senate candidate Roy Moore Files Defamation Suit Against Female Accusers

In an escalation of defamation lawsuits brought by and against Roy Moore for alleged sexual misconduct, the latest volley is from the former US Senate candidate. In the Circuit Court of Etowah County, Ala, Moore filed a defamation suit against Debbie Wesson Gibson, Beverly Young Nelson, Leigh Corfman and Tina Johnson. The complaint states among others that “defendants Leigh Corfman, Beverly[Read More…]

April 30, 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

June 14, 2018: President Trump Loses Appeal To Delay Defamation Suit The State Court of Appeals refused Trump’s appeal to delay a defamation suit until after his presidency because the lower court has yet to issue a final determination on the case’s constitutional ramifications. Zervos’ lawyer Mariann Wang noted that this is the third time the court rejected Trump’s efforts[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