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Defamation Claim Over "Slavery Wasn't So Bad" Comment Revived By Fifth Circuit
What if people thought you said that "slavery wasn't so bad?"
United States
25 Aug 2017
Are False Accusations Of Copyright Infringement Defamatory?
Is it defamatory to falsely accuse someone of infringing intellectual property?
United States
3 Aug 2017
Supreme Judicial Court Punts On Executive Defamation Privilege
Last week, everyone in Washington, D.C. was talking about the invocation of "executive privilege," the ability of a President to withhold information...
United States
23 Jun 2017
How To Disparage But Not Defame Your Wedding Planner
It's March, which means that wedding season is nearly upon us.
United States
6 Mar 2017
Blogger-Journalist Protected From Defamation Suit By Anti-Slapp Statute
Are journalists protected by anti-SLAPP statutes? Until last week, the likely answer would have been: "probably not," at least in Massachusetts.
United States
2 Mar 2017
Defamation Takes A Holiday: Slander And The Salem Witch Trials
Hypothetical: You go out for a nice stroll one Halloween only to have a neighbor emerge from his house with a pitchfork and accuse you of being a witch in front of the whole village.
United States
4 Nov 2016
The Death Of Alexander Hamilton And The Birth Of The American Free Press
Alexander Hamilton has more to do with American independence than you might think. His efforts as a Founding Father (the hottest Founding Father on Broadway, it should be noted) helped the United States...
United States
8 Jul 2016
Was Shakespeare "Sometimes Like a Lawyer"? Legal Writing With The Bard
William Shakespeare breathed his last on April 23rd, 1616, so this April 23rd marks 400 years since his death.
United States
21 Apr 2016
Defamation And The Common Interest Privilege In The Construction Industry
Construction projects often involve a complex array of contractors, subcontractors, banks, bonding agents, architects, engineers and so on.
United States
7 Sep 2015
Statute Criminalizing Election Campaign Lies Found To Violate First Amendment And Article 16
On August 6, 2015, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) in Commonwealth v. Lucas struck down Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 56, § 42 (Section 42)...
United States
12 Aug 2015
Digilante Justice: Defamation By Camera Phone
Earlier this month, a man in Melbourne, Australia decided to take his very first selfie next to a Darth Vader poster at a local shopping center.
United States
27 May 2015
The Bermuda Triangle Of Online Defamation: Copyright, Clickwrap And The CDA
We have written many times about attempts to use copyright law to do what defamation law can't: take stuff down from the internet.
United States
28 Apr 2015
Defamation From Beyond the Grave: Using Your Last Will To Get In The Last Word
Halloween is a good time to think about how you want to die. Do you want to leave the world peacefully? Or do you want to go down trash talking?
United States
29 Oct 2014
What Is More Defamatory? A False Accusation Of Homophobia Or Of Homosexuality?
In July 2014, Judge Barbara Jaffe of the New York Supreme Court dismissed the defamation claims in Kramer v. Skyhorse Publications.
United States
10 Sep 2014
Copyright As An Online Reputation Management Tool: A Round Hole For A Square Peg
We have written many times recently about the use of copyright law to do what defamation law can't: take stuff down from the internet.
United States
23 Jul 2014
When "Slacker" Was A Dirty Word: Defamation And Draft Dodging During World War I
The Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated on June 28, 1914 and, by the end of August 1914, Germany, Russia, France and the United Kingdom had joined the war.
United States
21 Jul 2014
A History Of Massachusetts Anti-SLAPP Legislation As A Vehicle For Protecting First Amendment Petitioning Activity From Retaliatory Defamation Claims
Before the passage of anti-SLAPP legislation, citizens engaged in First Amendment petitioning activity often found themselves the targets of retaliatory lawsuits.
United States
18 Jul 2014
Defamation Claim Against HBO Sports Documentary Proceeds; International Sporting Goods Supplier Not A Public Figure
On May 16, 2014, in Mitre Sports v. HBO, the Southern District of New York allowed a defamation claim brought by a UK company against HBO to proceed to trial.
United States
9 Jun 2014
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