The Sixth Circuit affirmed the District Court’s grant of summary judgment to several media defendants (The New York Times, CBS, ABC, Gannett, and Rolling Stone) in a series of long-running defamation cases brought by Nicholas Sandmann.
Article Tying Nursing Home Magnate to Human Trafficking, Medicaid Fraud & Elder Abuse Protected As Fair Report, True, and OpinionAlia Smith
Judge Azrack held that the challenged statements – concerning the poor quality of some of Landa’s nursing homes and alleged financial and other improprieties – were fair reports under N.Y. Civil Rights Law § 74, were substantially true, or were non-actionable opinions.
Though courts rarely find that a party has been fraudulently joined, the court did so in this instance.
Virginia Federal Court Grants Gannett’s Motion to Dismiss Defamation Lawsuit Brought by Prominent Anti-Vaxxer and Covid CriticMichael J. Grygiel
The threshold dismissal was particularly welcome — and appropriate — because the Complaint targeted the newspaper’s reporting on a newsworthy community event implicating vitally important public health issues.
Court Dismissed Defamation Case Arising from Environmental Advocacy Group’s Campaign to Protect Canadian ForestsChelsea Kelly and Laura Handman
After seven years of litigation, court ruled that defendants had not acted with actual malice and dismissed the case in full.
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.
The Southern District of New York held that twenty-one of the twenty-two statements were not defamatory as a matter of law.
The Court held unanimously that the statements were opinions in the context of the national abortion debate.