The decision covers a number of issues of current interest to the media bar, including the circumstances in which hyperlinking to an earlier, allegedly libelous article is a republication starting a new limitations period, the scope of the “issue of public interest” standard in the recently-enacted amendments of New York Anti-SLAPP statute, and the actionability…
Ninth Circuit Unanimously Affirms First Amendment Protection for Rachel Maddow’s “Paid Russian Propaganda” CommentaryNathaniel L. Bach and Marissa M. Mulligan
The Court held that the Southern District of California correctly granted Defendants’ anti-SLAPP motion because Ms. Maddow’s statement that OAN “really literally is paid Russian propaganda”—in the context of her broadcast, in which she employed entertaining and hyperbolic language while commenting on a matter of public concern and fully disclosing the facts—“is well within the…
Here are a few personal thoughts on the issue – first, on the need for the continued reliance on the actual malice rule; and, second, dealing with the criticism of the public figure (as opposed to public official) categorization by a return to the Rosenbloom rule.
Eleventh Circuit Affirms Early Dismissal of ‘Hate Group’ Defamation and Religious Discrimination ClaimPeter Canfield
Alleging “nothing but love for people who engage in homosexual conduct,” no matter how “vile” and “shameful” their conduct, is not enough to legally ground a defamation and religious discrimination lawsuit filed by a media ministry challenging its public branding as an anti-LGBTQ “hate group.”
Judge Karsznitz — who presided over a two-hour oral argument on the motion to dismiss — was guided by longstanding precedent holding that the First Amendment is implicated whenever a plaintiff takes aim at speech addressing matters of legitimate public concern, no matter how her claims are styled.
These decisions – both of which are now on appeal – serve as vindication for the magazine and its author, Kera Bolonik, and mark a key turning point in this long-running and outlandish saga.
While 2Pac may have had California love and Tony Bennet left his heart in San Francisco, Windy City Rehab television personality Donovan Eckhardt hoped to keep his recently-filed suit in Illinois.
Judge Singhal's decision has potentially far-reaching implications for media organizations reporting on issues of public concern.
Judge Cronan of the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment of defendants Sacha Baron Cohen, Showtime, and ViacomCBS, dismissing with prejudice the defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and fraud claims brought against them by Roy and Kayla Moore. Moore v. Cohen.
For the media bar and defamation plaintiffs, Berisha’s implications reach beyond a single book and signify challenges ahead for the Court’s libel doctrine.