Arizona Supreme Court Finds Radio Host’s Statements Protected as Opinion, Political SpeechMichael J. Lambert
The Arizona Supreme Court has issued a ringing endorsement for the safeguards provided to opinions and political speech in a defamation case involving a local radio talk show host.
Satanic Temple Lawsuit Against Newsweek Magazine Largely DismissedCameron Stracher and Sara Tesoriero
The Southern District of New York held that twenty-one of the twenty-two statements were not defamatory as a matter of law.
Texas Supreme Court Reaffirms Protection for OpinionSamuel W. Calkins
The Court held unanimously that the statements were opinions in the context of the national abortion debate.
Defamation Suit Against Daily Beast DismissedAndrew M. Pauwels
This case should serve as a reminder to media defense attorneys of the many arguments available at the initial motion phase, even in states like Michigan where there is no anti-SLAPP law.
Texas Appeals Court SLAPPs Lawsuit Against Community NewspaperSamuel Calkins
The term “right wing propaganda” in the context of the article was a constitutionally protected opinion and a statutorily privileged fair comment on a matter of public concern.
On Leakers and Lakers: Reflections on Two Recent MLRC Zoom SessionsGeorge Freeman
MLRC's executive director reflects on tthe recent SCOTUS leak, and a retraction demand sent by Jerry West to the producers of HBO's "Winning Time."
Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Defamation Suit Against ResearcherDori Hanswirth and Sam Callahan
The decision reaffirms the overriding importance of context under New York defamation law, particularly for statements made amid ongoing public controversies.
What the Zuck! Court Grants USA Today’s Motion to Dismiss Social Media Personality’s ComplaintMichael Pusateri and Michael J. Grygiel
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.
Alan Dershowitz’s Libel Suit Against CNN Survives Motion to DismissAmanda Levine
Judge Singhal's decision has potentially far-reaching implications for media organizations reporting on issues of public concern.
New York Times Wins Dismissal of Libel Suit from Trump CampaignAlexandra Settelmayer
The Trump Campaign, alleging “millions of dollars” in damages, brought the suit over a 2019 Op-Ed by Max Frankel which concerned interactions between Russians and associates of Mr. Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.