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Satire as Libel & Resistance to Anti-Racism Efforts

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.14.2014 | Media
Warren J. Blumenfeld

No one has the right to attribute to me what I not only have not stated or written, but more importantly, what run contrary to what I believe and how I live my life.

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

Clay Calvert | Posted 10.03.2014 | 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.

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.

Libel: Developing a 'Thick Skin'

Joel Cohen | Posted 08.25.2014 | Crime
Joel Cohen

Last week, in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus, the Court unanimously -- with all judges signing onto an opinion written by Justice Clarence Thomas -- may have taken Sullivan up a notch, albeit on a procedural issue. And this time it is the conservatives who demand their right to free speech.

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.

Social Media and the First Amendment

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 05.17.2014 | Media
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Fifty years after the U.S. Supreme Court defined broad constitutional free speech rights, we exercise freedom every day by using social networks. Nevertheless, this use of liberty also remains at issue in schools, the workplace and beyond.

Nancy Grace Lies Again -- And May Have to Pay for It

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 05.17.2014 | Media
Bennett L. Gershman

Discussing Nancy Grace's fabrications is like discussing a golfer's bogies: they're so routine, predictable, and pervasive that one accepts it and moves on.

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?

Why Courtney Love's 'Twibel' Lawsuit Is Good for the Internet

Eugene K. Chow | Posted 04.01.2014 | Media
Eugene K. Chow

Fear not, "Twibel" lawsuits are not an infringement of free speech per se, but rather the transferal of standards from more traditional media to Twitter and Love's libel case is the natural next frontier in the ongoing battle over free speech.

Christina Wilkie

Yelp Ready To Push Congress On Libel Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The review site Yelp plans to lobby Congress for patent reform and protections against abusive lawsuits for online reviewers, according ...

Henry Ford's Mass Production of Hate Meets Its Match

Melanie Chartoff | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Melanie Chartoff

Michael Rose's excavation of a court case brought against Henry Ford, long buried by the assembly line of unkosher baloney that kept that great American icon squeaky clean, has me sleepless and him on fire. I sat down with him to talk about the film he's working on that will bring this story to light.

BIRTHER VS. BIRTHER

Salon | Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics

Birther attorney Philip Berg called birther queen Orly Taitz’s actions “deplorable” this week before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a hear...

Affidavits in Michael Mann Libel Suit Reveal Astonishing Facts About Tim Ball Associate John O'Sullivan

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 09.26.2012 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Tim Ball and John O'Sullivan had a close working relationship, even before Mann sued Ball for libel in March 2011. For example, they co-authored the climate science denial book Slaying the Sky Dragon: Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory.

Laughable Online Censorship Attempt Won't Last a New York Minute

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in the New York state government are attempting to pass a law that would ban anonymous comments online. Even if they actually passed the act, once it arrived in a federal court it would be tossed out in a "New York minute" (as they say).

"Psychic" Sally Morgan Sues Critics for £150,000 After Refusing $1 Million to Prove Her Powers

D.J. Grothe | Posted 11.21.2013 | Weird News
D.J. Grothe

Since 1996, The James Randi Educational Foundation has offered $1 million to any psychic who can prove their powers are real under fair conditions that prevent cheating.

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.

The Real Danger in That Bloggers-Aren't-Journalists Ruling

Dan Kennedy | Posted 02.07.2012 | Media
Dan Kennedy

Judge Hernandez's ruling is dangerous not because he doesn't believe bloggers are journalists. Rather, it's dangerous because he believes journalists comprise a special class who are entitled to more constitutional rights than the rest of society.

America's Justice System Has Failed Us All

Conrad Black | Posted 01.24.2012 | Crime
Conrad Black

The unfairness, hypocrisy, and barbarism of the American criminal justice system is increasingly the subject of serious comment. Indeed, almost everything about the American system is wrong.

Diet Guru Dukan Loses Libel Case Against Rival

AP | By PIERRE-ANTOINE SOUCHARD | Posted 09.05.2011 | Home

PARIS -- French nutritionist Pierre Dukan, whose protein-rich diets are popular from Hollywood to Paris, lost in court Tuesday against a rival he accu...

UK Tries To Overhaul Notorious Libel Laws

AP | ROBERT BARR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

LONDON — The British government on Tuesday proposed changes in the law of defamation in England and Wales to provide greater protection for spee...

Jerry Seinfeld Free To Mock Wife's Rival Cookbook Author, Judge Rules

AP | DAVID B. CARUSO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

NEW YORK — A judge has thrown out a lawsuit by a cookbook author who accused Jerry Seinfeld of hurting her reputation by mocking her on national...

Nigerian Jailed For Facebook 'Curse'

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Said to have traumatized a state governor so badly he required hospitalization, a Nigerian man's politically-charged Facebook rants have landed him in...

WATCH: Sarah Palin's Top 10 FAILS

Matt Wilstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Matt Wilstein

Sarah Palin tried really hard with her video response to the Arizona shooting. But she just had to slip the antiquated, anti-Semitic term "blood libel" into her statement.

Blood Libel Wikipedia Entry Hacked

The Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Well, that didn't take long. Earlier this afternoon the Wikipedia entry for "blood libel," the word on the tip of everyone's tongue today after Sarah...

It's a Royal Free-for-All!

Charlie Carillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Charlie Carillo

"Royal expert" is a term that covers quite a bit of turf. It's anybody with a British accent, the way anybody in New York with a vowel at the end of his name is an expert on organized crime. Or a criminal.