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Jeweler Ordered To Pay $34,500 For Trashing Rival In Fake Yelp Review

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 04.06.2017 | Crime

A cheap shot at a rival business ended up costing a jeweler thousands. A jury awarded a Massachusetts jeweler more than $34,500 in damages last month ...

State Senator Calls Real Newspaper 'Fake News,' Earns A Lawsuit Threat

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.13.2017 | Politics

Colorado state Sen. Ray Scott (R) last week accused his local newspaper of publishing “fake news” about him. Now, the Grand Junction Daily Sentine...

He's Going To Jail For Assault -- And Suing His Victim

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.03.2016 | Politics

After four years, two criminal trials, and finally a plea agreement, a former University of California, Davis student thought her rape case was settle...

Defamation of Character: The Road to Emotional Meltdown

Nicholas Carroll | Posted 03.23.2017 | Impact
Nicholas Carroll

For two years after the publication of Fighting Slander, I thought that my readers were unhinged. I received deranged emails that looked like ransom l...

Some Arab spring gains rolled back in Jordan

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.12.2017 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Independent Federation of Unions in Jordan wanted to hold an event March 8th to celebrate International Women's Day. A hotel hall was booked and...

Ways Social Media Impacts Law

Brad Reid | Posted 03.04.2017 | Crime
Brad Reid

Social media, broadly defined, is having a powerful impact in the U.S. legal environment. Additionally, as social media crosses national boundaries, global legal concerns, not addressed in this brief comment, must be considered in practice.

Blogger Attacked In Defamation Lawsuit

Jessica Denis | Posted 12.17.2016 | Chicago
Jessica Denis

Whatever their motivation is, as a blogger myself, this is a scary situation. Personally I always try to follow the rules of don't put anything out there that I wouldn't be proud if my kids read, and always keep in mind once it's out there you can't take it back.

10 Tips for Fighting Stigmatizing and Defamatory Comments Online

Kevin Hogan | Posted 10.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Hogan

Recently, however, I had an experience that made me question where we draw the line between freedom of speech and defamation--and what recourse there is for those who believe they've been defamed. Here's what happened.

Planned Parenthood Should File the 'Mother of All Defamation Suits'

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The smearing of Planned Parenthood requires a vigorous response, in the only language that these thugs understand -- money and requirement to tell the truth or face jail time -- by filing a defamation lawsuit against all their false accusers.

MOJO: The Mobile Journalism Handbook

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.31.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's finally available, to demonstrate how we can all become MOJOs, with a cautionary note that it's not just technical skills that count, but a good basis in journalism. The "it" is the long-awaited MOJO: The Mobile Journalism Handbook (How to Make Broadcast Videos With an iPhone or iPad).

The Third Rail of Journalism

Stephen Jaffe | Posted 05.26.2016 | Media
Stephen Jaffe

Google is a wonderful creation. However, despite Google's historic contribution to the world, the fact remains that many of the links it lists on its search pages are often partially or even completely false.

South Korea Lifts Travel Ban On Japanese Journalist Charged With Defaming President

Reuters | Sohee Kim | Posted 06.14.2015 | Media

(Adds government reactions) By Sohee Kim SEOUL, April 14 (Reuters) - South Korea lifted a travel ban on a Japanese jour...

Samantha Lachman

Conservative County Commissioner Files Incendiary Lawsuit Against Defeated Opponent

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Cherokee County Commissioner Dr. Daniel Eichenbaum and Edward Figueroa, a former police officer, used to be friendly. They were both mem...

Keyboard Cowards

Jay Tavare | Posted 04.08.2015 | Technology
Jay Tavare

I mean you don't even have to be famous or a public figure to have some stranger hating on you, just because they can safely do it from behind closed doors, hidden, using fake names and false social media profiles. It truly is a new phenomenon that is on the rise everywhere.

Boston Bombing Libel Suit Settles: New York Post's Shoddy Reporting Leaves Legal, Ethical Lessons

Clay Calvert | Posted 12.03.2014 | Media
Clay Calvert

Despite the settlement, at least two legal lessons can be taken away from the case: 1) Sensational tabloid covers, replete with screaming headlines juxtaposed next to photographs, can indeed be defamatory; and 2) tiny cover-page disclaimers won't always get tabloids like the New York Post off the hook.

Social Media Freedom on Campus in an Age of Marketing

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 11.09.2014 | Media
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Social media campus policies frequently turn concerns of academic administrators into free speech restrictions. Even at public universities -- from the University of Kansas (KU) to Northern Illinois University (NIU) -- such policies create boundaries and a chill on the marketplace of expression.

False Accusations Of Homophobia And Racism: Are They Libelous?

Clay Calvert | Posted 09.16.2014 | 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.

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.