Post Tagged with: "Libel"

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax presides over the state's senate in Richmond, Virginia, U.S., February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Virginia Lt. Governor Files $400 Million Defamation Suit Against CBS

Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor, Justin Fairfax, is suing CBS for defamation for airing separate interviews with two women, Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson, who have accused him of sexual assault. Fairfax’s lawyers filed the complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The lawsuit claims that the sexual encounters between Fairfax and the two women were consensual, and that CBS had information before and after airing the interviews that would have proved the allegations against him “had not been corroborated by any independent investigation.” 

September 17, 2019 Defamation
Rachel Maddow at BookExpo 2019. Terry Ballard/Wikimedia Commons. Cropped 59% horizontally, 36% vertically.

MSNBC and Rachel Maddow Face $10 Million Defamation Lawsuit

September 9, 2019 A San Diego-based media organization, One America News Network (OAN), has filed a libel lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California against MSNBC talk show host Rachel Maddow for saying it “literally is paid Russian propaganda.” The lawsuit refers to a July 22 show in which Maddow discussed a report published[Read More…]

September 10, 2019 Defamation, Top Stories
Sarah Palin speaks at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado, U.S., July 1, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Sarah Palin’s Defamation Suit Against NY Times

A federal appeals court reinstated Sarah Palin’s 2017 defamation suit against The New York Times. Palin had sued the paper for an editorial that she alleges incorrectly linked her and her PAC to the 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona. “This case is ultimately about the First Amendment, but the subject matter implicated in this appeal is far less dramatic: rules of procedure and pleading standards,” reads the unanimous decision by the federal appeal court judges.

August 21, 2019 Defamation
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

Federal Judge Dismisses $250 Million Libel Suit Against The Washington Post

August 2, 2019 The families of eight teenagers from Covington, Kentucky have filed a libel lawsuit in Kentucky’s Kenton County Circuit Court against twelve individuals for using “their large social media platforms” to circulate false statements about them. Among those listed as defendants include presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren, New York Timesjournalist Maggie Haberman, and social activist Shaun King. The suit, which lists[Read More…]

July 29, 2019 Below the Fold, Defamation
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 Defamation
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 Defamation
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 Opinion
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 Defamation
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 Defamation
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, Tesla Founder 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 Defamation