Limited-purpose public figure

A limited purpose public figure is someone who is not so famous as to be a household name, but who has become well known with regard to a particular issue. For example, a businessperson who has high visibility because of fundraising efforts in a community may not be a public figure for purposes other than the individual's community activity.

D.C. District Court applies local anti-SLAPP statute, dismisses defamation claim against Foreign Policy

Cindy Gierhart | Libel | News | October 1, 2013
October 1, 2013

A federal judge dismissed a defamation claim by the Palestinian Authority leader’s son against a Washington, D.C.-based magazine and applied the district's anti-SLAPP statute in federal court.

Newspaper's statements about school principal are opinion and not defamatory, N.Y. judge rules

Lilly Chapa | Libel | News | May 1, 2013
May 1, 2013

Articles published by the New York Daily News calling a former school principal a “firebrand” and a “principal of hate” are not defamatory because the statements are opinions, a New York Supreme Court judge ruled last week. The Supreme Court is the trial-level court in New York.

Dismissal of N.Y. journalist's libel suit against critic upheld

Lilly Chapa | Libel | News | February 26, 2013
February 26, 2013

A New York appellate panel upheld the dismissal of a defamation suit filed by a journalist against a prominent AIDS activist who criticized her articles about the disease.

Judge denies blogger retrial in Oregon defamation case

Rachel Bunn | Libel | News | April 3, 2012
April 3, 2012

A federal judge denied a motion for retrial in the case of a self-described investigative blogger, ruling that private figure plaintiffs do not have to establish “negligence” or “actual malice” to hold a non-media defendant liable in a defamation suit arising out of speech not on a matter of public concern.