Libel

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
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
J3NE4D Ohio, USA. 19th Apr, 2017. Robert Murray, the 77-year-old founder and CEO of Murray Energy Corporation, talks in his office in St. Clairsville in Ohio, United States, 19 April 2017. The coal industry in the state has set its hopes on president Donald Trump and fracking. Photo: Andreas Hoenig/dpa/Alamy Live News

Defamation Suit By Coal Baron Against John Oliver Dismissed

Coal magnate Robert Murray has a long history of suing the media – at least nine organizations at last count. He targeted HBO’s John Oliver and The New York Times claiming that both misrepresented safety at his coal mines and attacked him personally. He even asked for an emergency “gag order” against rebroadcast of Oliver’s segment arguing it was hurting business and threatening employees. A federal judge ruled that Murray’s case against Oliver should proceed in state court. But after the case was remanded,HBO and Partially Important Productions submitted motions to dismiss which were granted. Murray intends to appeal.

February 25, 2018 Below the Fold, Libel, Privacy, Speech
History Speaks: Junius Wilkes on Protections Even for “False and Groundless” Reports

History Speaks: Junius Wilkes on Protections Even for “False and Groundless” Reports

A writer who took the name Junius Wilkes made a critical contribution to the discussion of press freedom even as the Revolutionary War neared conclusion. Writing in The Independent Gazetteer (Philadelphia) in 1782, Wilkes said that citizens are sovereign and therefore powerful, and “should have a right to examine and lay before the world such proceedings of power, as appear[Read More…]

January 18, 2018 History Speaks, Libel
ABC Settles “Pink Slime” Defamation Suit

ABC Settles “Pink Slime” Defamation Suit

Companies may have stronger libel protections based on new laws on the books.

October 27, 2017 Libel