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Sep 2022

Seventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Gannett

Brian Spahn

The court held that the allegedly defamatory statements at issue failed to state a defamation claim as the statements were both substantially true and protected under Wisconsin’s true and fair reporting of a judicial proceeding privilege. 

Apr 2022

Colorado Court Grants News Anchor’s Anti-SLAPP Motion

Steven D. Zansberg

In only the second case to date to apply Colorado’s anti-SLAPP Act (passed into law in 2019) to a news outlet, a trial court judge tossed a defamation case against Kyle Clark, the nightly news anchor at KUSA-TV/9News, the TEGNA-owned NBC affiliate in Denver. 

Jan 2022

Delaware Court Upholds Dismissal of Libel Suit by Former Trump Campaign Adviser Against Yahoo News and HuffPost

Jeff Grossman

In upholding the manner in which Yahoo News reported on aspects of the government’s investigation related to what later came to be known as the “Steele Dossier,” the 4-1 decision represents an affirmation of the legal protections for reporting on government investigations.

Oct 2021

Federal Court Dismisses Defamation, Fraud Claims Against Producers and Spotify for “Son of a Hitman” Podcast

Reid Pillifant

Parker’s lawsuit claimed the 10-part series had “irrevocably damaged her reputation” by insinuating she had schemed with the F.B.I. to convict Harrelson, and that producers had fraudulently induced her participation in the podcast when they failed to disclose that Harrelson’s son, Brett, served as an executive producer.

Apr 2021

Florida Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal of $50 Million Libel Suit

Karen Williams Kammer

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal found that what WPLG/Local 10 had reported about pastor Eric Readon in 2017 was true in all material respects.

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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Mar 2021

It’s Just a Parking Space, Gentlemen

Kevin Goering

A New York County Supreme Court judge has rendered the latest decision in the two-year old saga (and defamation case) of Cieszkowski v. Baldwin. The case is familiar to most New Yorkers, as the defendant is Alec Baldwin.

Mar 2021

Gannett Wins Summary Judgment on Defamation by Hyperlink Claim

Brian C. Spahn

Sometimes a hyperlink is the last word in a defamation case.

Mar 2021

Court Dismisses Libel Suit By Former Trump Campaign Adviser Against Yahoo News and HuffPost

Jeff Grossman

A Delaware court has dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by former Trump 2016 campaign adviser Carter Page against Yahoo News and HuffPost concerning articles about the U.S. intelligence investigation into Page’s contacts with Russia.

Feb 2021

Defamation Claims Brought by Art Fraudsters Dismissed

Sigmund D. Schutz and Peter G. Callaghan

In a case mixing the sale of forged paintings and claims of defamation, a New Hampshire Superior Court recently ruled that reporting by several news organizations about an art forgery lawsuit is protected by the substantial truth doctrine and the fair report privilege.