Georgia's highest court won't review Jewell libel case

Andrea Papagianis | Libel | Feature | January 11, 2012
January 11, 2012

Earlier this week the Georgia Supreme Court declined to review a lower court decision in the long-running libel case against The Atlanta Journal-Constitution filed by Richard Jewell, who was wrongfully accused of the 1996 Olympic Park bombing, and carried on by his family since his death in 2007.

Eight year Howling Pig litigation ends in $425K settlement

Chris Healy | Libel | Feature | December 14, 2011
December 14, 2011

Students doctored a photo of a professor for a satirical magazine.

Mont. blogger ordered to pay $2.5 million for defamation

J.C. Derrick | Libel | Feature | December 8, 2011
December 8, 2011

A Montana blogger has been ordered to pay $2.5 million in defamation damages after a federal judge said she would have to be working for a mainstream media organization in order to qualify for protections afforded journalists.

The judgment against Crystal Cox, a self-proclaimed investigative blogger, arose from an allegedly defamatory statement about Obsidian Finance Group, LLC, and its senior principal, Kevin D. Padrick. The statement was posted on Cox's website

Minn. TV station liable for $1 million in defamation suit

Chris Healy | Libel | Feature | November 8, 2011
November 8, 2011

In what may be the largest defamation verdict in Minnesota history, a jury found that a Minneapolis TV news station acted with "constitutional malice" and awarded a naturopathic healer $1 million.

The jury found that the ABC news affiliate, KSTP, acted with reckless disregard for the truth when it ran a report more than two years ago about healer Susan Anderson and advice she allegedly gave her client, Cheryl Blaha.

Depiction of bomb defuser not a misuse of soldier's identity

Kristen Rasmussen | Privacy | Feature | October 14, 2011
October 14, 2011

An Academy Award-winning film that addressed “an issue of paramount importance in the Iraq war” is protected speech about a public issue, a federal judge in California ruled yesterday, dismissing a U.S. serviceman's lawsuit alleging “The Hurt Locker” unlawfully benefited from the use of his identity without his consent.

Saying prisoner was gang member is substantially true

Clara Hogan | Libel | Feature | July 25, 2011
July 25, 2011

A statement that someone is a member of a certain prison gang, when he merely conspired with its members, is substantially true and therefore protected against a defamation suit, a Colorado federal appellate court ruled this month.

Federal court finds prosecutor violated blogger's civil rights

Aaron Mackey | Libel | Feature | June 3, 2011
June 3, 2011

A Colorado prosecutor violated a student blogger’s constitutional rights when she approved a search warrant of his mother's home over a criminal libel allegation, a federal judge ruled on Friday.

Separate look at each charge needed to overcome privilege

Kristen Rasmussen | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | May 9, 2011
May 9, 2011

A West Virginia trial judge erred when she ordered a newspaper to reveal the identities of anonymous sources and documents in a defamation suit against the paper, the state’s highest court recently ruled.

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia returned the case to the lower court, which must identify and analyze each allegedly defamatory statement and the confidential source who made the statement separately.

Court allows bank manager's defamation claim to proceed

Kacey Deamer | Libel | Feature | February 15, 2011
February 15, 2011

A California appellate court last week affirmed a lower court ruling that a bank manager presented enough evidence to allow his defamation claim against McGraw-Hill to proceed, thus rejecting the publisher's anti-SLAPP argument. The manager alleged that he was defamed by statements about the mortgage crisis in a BusinessWeek article.

Court allows libel suit to proceed without proof of damages

Rosemary Lane | Libel | Feature | September 30, 2010
September 30, 2010

A New Jersey appellate court ruled Monday that a man involved in a defamation suit regarding online child sexual abuse accusations will be allowed to proceed without proving damages, an unusual move departing from the standard of requiring proof of damages in defamation suits.