Alex Jones, Infowars, and the Sandy Hook Defamation Suits

Alex Jones, Infowars, and the Sandy Hook Defamation Suits

The families of multiple victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting have filed defamation lawsuits against Alex Jones and his broadcast Infowars over his repeated claims that the event was a “giant hoax.” Now, Jones is forced to defend his past conspiracies in a court of law.

June 23, 2019 Below the Fold, Libel
Bakery Awarded $44 Million in Total Damages in Defamation Suit Against Oberlin College

Bakery Awarded $44 Million in Total Damages in Defamation Suit Against Oberlin College

A jury in Ohio awarded $33 million in punitive damages to a local bakery that had sued Oberlin College for libel and slander. The complaint filed in Ohio state court in November 2017, alleged that Oberlin was complicit in supporting and encouraging student protests against Gibson’s bakery following the arrests of three African American students. Oberlin students began protesting the store, passing out fliers calling the bakery “a racist establishment with a long account of racial profiling and discrimination.”

June 17, 2019 Below the Fold, Libel, Uncategorized
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

Washington Post Asks Federal Court To Throw Out Sandmann’s $250M Libel Lawsuit

April 9, 2019: The Post Defends Its Reporting In An Effort To Dismiss The Libel Lawsuit Brought By Sandmann’s Family  The Washington Post asked a federal court to dismiss the $250 million defamation lawsuit filed by the parents of the Nick Sandmann who allege that the paper defamed him in its coverage of the Kentucky teen’s viral encounter at the Lincoln Memorial[Read More…]

April 10, 2019 Libel, Top Stories
Jeanine Pirro, host of television programme "Justice with Judge Jeanine," waves before speaking at the National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) Leadership Forum at the George R. Brown Convention Center, the site for the NRA's annual meeting in Houston, Texas May 3, 2013. President Barack Obama and national media are demonizing law-abiding gun owners in the wake of recent violent acts, NRA leaders and political allies said on Friday at its first convention since the Connecticut school massacre. Organizers expect some 70,000 attendees at the 142nd NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, which began on Friday and continues through Sunday. REUTERS/Adrees Latif (UNITED STATES - Tags: LAW ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

Judge Tosses Defamation Lawsuit Against Jeanine Pirro, Fox News

   March 26, 2019: Pirro Was “Expressing A Pure Opinion,” Judge Said A New York State Supreme Court judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit against Fox News and one of its hosts, Judge Jeanine Pirro, brought by civil rights activist DeRay McKesson who claimed that Pirro implied that he incited violence against a police officer.   McKesson sued Pirro saying she[Read More…]

March 26, 2019 Below the Fold, 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, Top Stories
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
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
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