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False Accusations Of Homophobia And Racism: Are They Libelous?

Clay Calvert | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Clay Calvert

In brief, Kenny Kramer may have lost on the facts, but the judge seemed to recognize that, under different circumstances, false accusations of homophobia can indeed be defamatory.

GOP House Candidate Sued By Rival For Defamation

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics

An already heated Republican primary in a South Jersey congressional district became even more acrimonious this week. Insurance executive and forme...

Read Before You Rant: Online Reviews and Defamation Suits

Gary L. Bostwick | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Gary L. Bostwick

Christopher Liles wanted to express himself, as many folks do, by posting a negative review on the Internet. It may cost him.

Celebrating Sullivan: The Central Meaning of the First Amendment

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in New York Times v. Sullivan, perhaps the most important First Amendment case in American history. In the words of the great First Amendment scholar Alexander Meiklejohn, the decision was "an occasion for dancing in the streets." Why was Sullivan so important?

Courts Affirm Bloggers' First Amendment Protections

Brad Reid | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

Bloggers possess significant First Amendment protections against "prior restraint" through injunctions. A Florida Court of Appeals reversed an injunction against "... defamatory blogs in the future" in a lawsuit involving a blogging former tenant and a commercial landlord.

American Law Schools and the Psychology of Cyber-Hysteria

Brian Leiter | Posted 03.02.2014 | College
Brian Leiter

The cyber-mob counsels against earning a J.D. without offering any other guidance; yet the best evidence demonstrates that a J.D. is a good financial investment for the vast majority over the long term.

Our 'Unbalanced' First Amendment Promotes Freedom

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 10.12.2013 | Media
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Those favoring freedom of speech and behavior should bristle in response to a recent "critique" of U.S. law by a British Lord.

Big Victory For Cheerleader Who Had Sex With Student

AP | LISA CORNWELL | Posted 07.11.2013 | Crime

COVINGTON, Ky. -- A federal jury has found that a gossip website and its operator defamed a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader and has awarded her ...

Supreme Court Will Review Dispute Between Airline, Pilot

AP | Posted 08.17.2013 | Denver

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court will review a $1.24 million defamation judgment against a Wisconsin airline that reported one of its pilots as mentall...

Verbal Combat: The Rise of Israel's Words Warriors

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.04.2013 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The righteousness of Israel's cause can be established in open argument and Israel can be victorious in the marketplace of ideas. The time has come to passionately engage Israel's enemies in verbal combat.

Real Time With the Ape and the Donald

Erica Grossman | Posted 04.11.2013 | Comedy
Erica Grossman

Upon learning on Monday that Trump had sued Maher for $5 million dollars in the wake of the remark, Koko the Gorilla has gone apesh*t.

Exposing Child Predators Without Defaming the Innocent

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 03.13.2013 | Crime
Eliyahu Federman

There is a need to inform the public of suspected sex offenders and empower victims on the one hand but also a need to ensure that innocent people aren't wrongly exposed. How do you balance those two interests when un-arrested individuals are accused of sex crimes?

Chuck Hagel for DOD

Brent Budowsky | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense would bring immense confidence in the capitals of America's allies around the world, and great enthusiasm from veterans and military families throughout America who know him well, and trust him greatly.

Yelp Review Could Cost Woman Nearly $1 Million

Posted 12.07.2012 | Small Business

A negative Yelp review could cost one woman close to $1 million. Jane Perez, a Virginia woman who wrote a scathing Yelp review of the contracting ...

In Bahrain You Can Now Be Imprisoned for Defaming the King on Twitter

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 01.09.2013 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

His Royal Highness in Bahrain is apparently very sensitive when it comes to online chatter about him.

Falsely Calling Someone Gay Isn't Slander: New York Court

AP | MICHAEL GORMLEY | Posted 08.01.2012 | Gay Voices

ALBANY, N.Y. — A court says it's no longer slander in New York to falsely call someone gay. A mid-level appeals court on Thursday wiped out dec...

Sadly, It Seems Sandra Fluke Wasn't The First Woman Falsely Accused of Being a Prostitute by an Intimidated Man.

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 05.16.2012 | Women
Sarah O'Leary

It seems the Bible never referred to Mary Magdalene as a prostitute. A Catholic Pope did.

Gender Slurs: Why What Rush Limbaugh Said Is So Damning to Women

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 05.13.2012 | Media
Sarah O'Leary

Rush Limbaugh's use of "slut" and "prostitute" was a textbook example of how horrifically damning gender slurs are, and why such forms of abuse deserve swift and serious action.

Why It is Important That Sandra Fluke Sue Limbaugh (and O'Reilly?) for Defamation

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Sandra Fluke should pursue a lawsuit against Rush Limbaugh. The right-wing's echo chamber has enabled them to attack personally private citizens and public figures with impunity, explaining, dissembling, trivializing and overwhelming decent discourse.

Protecting Our Free Speech

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 02.26.2012 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

After the recent Reykjavik District Court decisions penalizing a journalist for reprinting publicly-available information and presenting both sides of a domestic dispute, the Icelandic Supreme Court has taken some baby steps towards establishing a free press in Iceland.

Lanny Davis' Anti-SLAPP Defense Moving Forward In Court

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.16.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- According to a Tuesday court order, Lanny Davis' anti-SLAPP action against Post-It Note manufacturer 3M, which is accusing the famous D....

More Schwarzenegger Drama: A Defamation Lawsuit

Posted 10.05.2011 | Celebrity

By now, news of ex-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's extramarital affair with a member of his household staff is as old as "hasta la vista."...

Forensic Art Expert Sues Over New Yorker Article

ARTINFO | Posted 09.06.2011 | Arts
ARTINFO

Forensic art analyst Peter Paul Biro, the subject of a 2010 exposé in the New Yorker, is suing the magazine's publisher for defamation to the tune of...

Why You Should Hide Your Computer After A Split

Vicki Larson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

Divorce used to be a lot easier. Oh, not because of changes in divorce laws or family courts, but because the worst that could happen is that you'd ca...

Prominent Fashion People Circle the Wagons Around Galliano

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Disgrasian

What's interesting about all this is how the fashion world circled the wagons around Galliano once these incidents came to light. (Hey, we don't call it "fashism" here for nothing.)