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Couple Charged with Sexual Assault Gets $13.78 Million in Defamation Action

Couple Charged with Sexual Assault Gets ...

There are two big problems with filing defamation lawsuits (obviously, without looking at the facts of the various potential cases): 1) Defamation lawsuits are very difficult to win, and 2) Even if the plaintiff gets a judgment in his/her favor, the damages awarded tend to be small.  But there are always exceptions to the rule. Recently, a jury awarded $13.78 million to the plaintiffs in a defamation action filed in Texas roughly 3 years ago.  Under Texas law, the plaintiffs had to prove that there was a false statement made about them, published to a third party,...
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U.S. Soccer Federation Upset With The FR...

You may notice that at the beginning of the video, Christie Rampone is wearing what looks to be a U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team uniform.  Christie Rampone is featured in such a uniform much more clearly in a few print advertisements, which the United States Soccer Federation is not happy about. On July 27, 2011, the United States Soccer Federation filed a Complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division and named The FRS Company as the defendant.  At issue is whether FRS’ use of the Rampone U.S. Soccer...
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Defamation Claim Against Baltimore Radio...

Proving $800,000 worth of damage in any lawsuit is not an easy task.  When it is a lawsuit primary based on supposed defamation, that task’s difficulty is multiplied many times over.  In general, it is very tough to prove a defamatory act. Recently, a radio staffer at one radio station sued another radio station (WNST) for defamation.  The staffer claims that her professionalism was challenged through WNST blogs and its Twitter feed.  The Complaint alleges that WNST made comments about the radio staffer engaging in inappropriate sexual relationships with...
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Spooner v. Associated Press and Krawczyn...

While many women believe that a “diamond is forever,” what do judges think about Tweets made on the social networking site Twitter?  Are statements made within Tweets stuck in a cache for eternity?  Upon clicking “Tweet,” has it been published?  Does it matter in a defamation case? Last week, it was revealed that Bill Spooner, a referee in the National Basketball Association (N.B.A.) filed suit against Jon Krawczynski, a beat writer for the Associated Press, based on a Tweet made by Krawczynski during an N.B.A. match-up.  The Tweet stated the...
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Stafon Johnson v. University of Southern...

On January 24, 2011, former University of Southern California runningback Stafon Johnson filed a Complaint against the University of Southern California and USC football’s assistant strength and conditioning coach Jamie Yanchar for damages based on negligence. The incident that is the subject of the action is widely known by sports fans.  It occurred in September 2009 when Johnson was performing reps of 275 pounds on a benchpress in a USC weight room.  Johnson claims that he was working out under the supervision of Jamie Yanchar, one of the named Defendants....
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Daniel Snyder v. Atalaya Capital Managem...

Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, is filed a Complaint against Atalaya Capital Management LP and the newspaper it owns, Washington City Paper (WCP).  One glaring issue that Snyder had with the WCP is that it used the picture shown to the right in one of its articles discussing Snyder back in November 2010.  While WCP claims that the picture was a scribble, intended to associate Snyder with the devil, Snyder and his camp of attorneys see it in another light.  They believe that the picture is inherently anti-Semitic, calling it “extremely insulting,...