Category Archives: Defamation

Defamation is Bad, but it Doesn’t Justify Chilling Free Speech

Our neighbors to the North are very American-like, until you get to issues of free speech. Most view Canada as the “least protective of free speech in the English-speaking world.” Reasonable minds can differ on some of Canada’s laws, such … Continue reading

Anti-SLAPP Victory: Reality Television is Free Speech

The reality show “Storage Wars” has created a case that offers some important anti-SLAPP (and litigation) lessons. In December, David Hester filed a lawsuit against A&E Television Networks alleging that producers of Storage Wars rigged the reality-television series by salting storage lockers with valuable … Continue reading

Reporting a Fact is Never Defamatory

It is never defamation to report a fact, even if that fact is that a person was charged with a crime they did not commit. I understand why callers sometimes don’t understand this distinction. The completely innocent caller was falsely … Continue reading

It’s Not Defamation if No One Knows it’s You

As the old saying goes, if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?* In the context of defamation law, the saying could be, “if no one knows it’s … Continue reading

Do You REALLY Want to Fight that Case?

Too many attorneys and their clients defend against cases that have no defense.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015) You took out a loan, your financial circumstances went south, and you were not able to repay the loan. Now you … Continue reading

Judge Orders Man to Apologize to Ex-Wife on Facebook

Clients sometimes ask me to seek a letter of apology as part of a defamation settlement. I have managed to do so on a number of occasions, but I usually recommend a letter of retraction as opposed to a letter … Continue reading

Watch Movie Online Zoolander 2 (2016) subtitle english

Zoolander 2 (2016) HD Director : Ben Stiller. Writer : Justin Theroux, Ben Stiller, Nicholas Stoller, John Hamburg. Producer : Jeff Mann, Clayton Townsend, Scott Rudin, Stuart Cornfeld, Ben Stiller. Release : February 6, 2016 Country : United States of … Continue reading

Australian Defamation Case Illustrates Life Without the CDA

"That J-Lo, she be crazy!" I have frequently written here on the pros and cons of the Communications Decency Act (“CDA”). Without it, no website could permit comments, but by the same token it allows unscrupulous website operators to encourage … Continue reading

Gloating Over $5,000 Settlement Costs Parents $234,011.87

Some callers to my office, wanting to sue for defamation because someone said terrible, false and hurtful things about them, are disappointed to learn that they cannot seek legal action because the speech falls under a privilege. By definition, “privileged” … Continue reading

How to Fight Back Against Online Defamation

Always striving not to reinvent the wheel, I keep my eyes open for articles that do a good job of explaining basic legal concepts.  In that regard, I receive many calls from prospective clients who don’t yet know the fundamentals of … Continue reading