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Apr 2023

Arizona Supreme Court Finds Radio Host’s Statements Protected as Opinion, Political Speech

Michael 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.

Mar 2023

Satanic Temple Lawsuit Against Newsweek Magazine Largely Dismissed

Cameron 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.

Mar 2023

Texas Supreme Court Reaffirms Protection for Opinion

Samuel W. Calkins

The Court held unanimously that the statements were opinions in the context of the national abortion debate.

Jan 2023

Defamation Suit Against Daily Beast Dismissed

Andrew 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.

Sep 2022

Texas Appeals Court SLAPPs Lawsuit Against Community Newspaper

Samuel 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.

May 2022

On Leakers and Lakers: Reflections on Two Recent MLRC Zoom Sessions

George 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."

Mar 2022

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Defamation Suit Against Researcher

Dori 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.

Aug 2021

What the Zuck! Court Grants USA Today’s Motion to Dismiss Social Media Personality’s Complaint

Michael 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. 

Jul 2021

Alan Dershowitz’s Libel Suit Against CNN Survives Motion to Dismiss

Amanda Levine

Judge Singhal's decision has potentially far-reaching implications for media organizations reporting on issues of public concern.

Mar 2021

New York Times Wins Dismissal of Libel Suit from Trump Campaign

Alexandra 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.

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