The First Amendment protects anonymous speech, including online reviews of products and services written by people using fake names. The right to anonymous speech, however, is not absolute. Defamatory speech , whether or not anonymous, is not entitled...
Did an Associated Press reporter commit a foul against an
NBA referee earlier this year by defaming him on Twitter during a league game? On March 14,
2011, National Basketball Association official Bill Spooner filed a federal defamation
As a business owner, you can't control everything your employees will do or say. What if one of them defames the character of another employee while on the job? Can the business be held responsible? If the employee uttered the defamatory words while...
Statements made by litigants and their attorneys in
judicial proceedings cannot form the basis for a defamation
action because they are protected by an absolute privilege. But what if an
attorney, desirous of increased media exposure, takes copies of...
In Virginia, as in other states, potentially defamatory
statements made in official government proceedings receive protection from defamation claims .
But some such statements get the benefit of absolute privilege, which means
that even a knowingly false...
Dr. Adel S. Kebaish filed a defamation case in Fairfax County Circuit Court against INOVA Health Care Services and several doctors alleging defamation , breach of contract , tortious interference , conspiracy , wrongful termination and unjust enrichment...
It doesn't take a defamation
expert to see the flaws in the $2 million libel lawsuit filed this week by Redskins owner
Dan Snyder against the Washington City Paper. Mr. Snyder took offense at an
article titled, " The Cranky Redskins Fan's...
Kids these days. The use of fake IDs by teens is nothing
new, but when that ID contains the name of a real person, and the imposter goes
on to do naughty things while posing as someone else, the law of defamation can
come into play. And if you're...
When SolAVerde's attorney spoke to the media about his client's defamation claims
against the Town of Front Royal and certain councilmen, he sounded pretty
confident. The court, however, disagreed with his arguments and dismissed the
Consumer review sites continue to grow in popularity.
Sites like Angie's List ,
Avvo , and Yelp (to name but a
few) allow people to post their experiences with lawyers, doctors,
hairdressers, restaurants, roofers, and just about anyone else,...
Back in 2012, the Alexandria Circuit Court ruled in an Internet defamation case that discovery could be obtained from a nonresident third party by serving a subpoena on the company's registered agent in Virginia. That decision was reversed last week...
Last summer, United States Department of Agriculture
official Shirley Sherrod was forced to resign after conservative
Breitbart posted online a speech that she had made 23 years before, when
she worked for a nonprofit organization. The...
Virginia courts have long held that statements made in
connection with judicial proceedings are entitled to absolute protection from defamation
liability. To encourage truthfulness in litigation, Virginia public policy has
extended an absolute privilege...