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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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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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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,...
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Paris Court Finds Google Guilty Of Defam...

What if you opened up your browser, surfed over to Google.com, and while you were typing in your name into the Google search box, the words “rapist”, “satanist”, and “prison” were produced as suggestions?  You might laugh off the error, but what if you are somebody whose reputation and/or business is affected by people searching your name online?  In today’s day and age, that accounts for practically everybody. Upon finding the 3 potentially damaging words appear as suggestions during the search, you must first decide if in fact...