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Defamation

Oct 2022

Federal Court Dismisses Tara Reade’s Privacy Suit Against New York Times

Al-Amyn Sumar

The court granted The Times’s motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6) and to strike the claims under California’s anti-SLAPP law.

Oct 2022

Judge SLAPPs “Brooklyn Land Shark” Suit Against Daily News

Matthew Leish

Is it defamatory to refer to a real estate investor who has been repeatedly sued for taking advantage of vulnerable homeowners as a “Land Shark” who has been slammed as “a wolf preying on sellers”?  A New York state trial judge has answered that question with a resounding “no.”

Oct 2022

Connecticut Supreme Court Allows Defamation Action Based on Public Hearing Statements

Alexa Millinger

Giving new analysis to the well-accepted rule that statements in quasi-judicial proceedings cannot be the basis for defamation, the Connecticut Supreme Court held that a party could maintain a defamation action for statements made in a planning and zoning commission public hearing.

Oct 2022

Hawaiʻi Third State To Pass Uniform Protection for Public Expression Act

Denise Antolini and Jeff Portnoy

The new law represents a major gain for civil rights particularly at a time when independent-minded media and public interests groups are outgunned by well-oiled capitalists and dark money. 

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Oct 2022

Australia’s Trial of the Century: Ben Roberts-Smith v. Fairfax Media

Peter Bartlett

Australian lawyer gives context about complex case pitting Australia’s most decorated soldier against experienced journalists who allege he committed war crimes in Afghanistan.

Oct 2022

Colorado Trial Court Dismisses Baseless Libel Suit Against Newspaper

Steven D. Zansberg

A state trial court judge granted the anti-SLAPP motion of the Northglenn-Thornton Sentinel newspaper and dismissed a libel suit brought by a pro se plaintiff who claimed he was defamed by an article recounting his run-ins with the law arising from his protests at two Islamic religious centers.

Oct 2022

N.C. Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of Libel Suit Against WRAL

Mary Aline Fertin

The Court of Appeals of North Carolina affirmed the dismissal of a libel suit against WRAL over its coverage of Crystal Mangum’s murder conviction.

Sep 2022

Anti-SLAPP Tactical Considerations in New York State Versus Federal Courts

David S. Korzenik

The court had no difficulty concluding the article was a matter of legitimate public concern, a fair report of the prior proceedings, and published without actual malice. The significance of the decision, however, also lies in its approach to the recovery of legal fees under the New York SLAPP statute.

Sep 2022

New Jersey State Court Imposes Sanctions Against Counsel for Pursuing Frivolous Defamation Claims

Elizabeth Seidlin-Bernstein

A pair of recent decisions from a New Jersey trial court highlights the state’s strong legal protections for freedom of speech and the press.

Sep 2022

Court SLAPPs Conspiracy Theorist’s $250 Million Suit v. Chicago Sun Times

Damon E. Dunn and Seth A. Stern

The suit demanded $250,000,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, which Judge O’Malley found signified retaliatory intent necessary to establish a SLAPP.