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Feb 2023

Colorado Court Affirms Dismissal of Anti-Abortion Activist’s Libel Suit

Steve Zansberg

The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s granting of defendant’s anti-SLAPP motion terminating the libel case brought by anti-abortion activist David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress against Dr. Savita Ginde, the former medical director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountain Region.

Nov 2022

Fourth Circuit Hears First Amendment Challenge to North Carolina Election Libel Law

Benjamin Rossi

Appellants argue that the North Carolina statute violates the First Amendment because it is a content-based restriction that criminalizes core political speech.

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.