defamation

By Jay Wolman In a page out of Rakofsky vs. The Internet, it appears that one of the law firms and attorney groups frequently criticized as representing copyright trolls, Paul Duffy, John Steele, and Prenda Law, has gone on the offense against its critics. More details here: http://phillylawblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/prenda-law-john-steele-and-paul-duffy-file-suit-against-alan-cooper-his-lawyer-paul-goodfread-and-anonymous-john-does/ Here: http://fightcopyrighttrolls.com/2013/03/04/copyright-trolls-prenda-law-paul-duffy-and-john-steele-commence-three-lawsuits-v-paul-godfread-alan-cooper-and-our-community/ and here: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130303/23353022182/prenda-law-sues-critics-defamation.shtml copies of the...

Hunter Moore:  Amateur Craig Brittain:  Lightweight Looks like posting compromising photos of unsuspecting victims is not enough.  Someone, who obviously once sat on a copy of the nutshell on copyright and online speech to sit at the grown-ups table, decided that merely posting photos was insufficient.  This vile person decided it was...

[caption id="attachment_14882" align="aligncenter" width="320"] One more time, with feeling! -- FOR YOUR INFORMATION, THE SUPREME COURT HAS ROUNDLY REJECTED PRIOR RESTRAINT!!!!![/caption] The National Judicial College should require every judge that attends to watch The Big Lebowski. Further, every state should require a person to view it before they can...

I get asked that question a lot. The answer is "it has to be the right case." Most of the time, the conversation ends with me advising a potential client to spend their money elsewhere -- like on a public relations campaign. I advise them of the...

SLAPP suits are never pretty. This one is particularly troubling. A couple of members of the Steubenville, Ohio Big Red football team were accused of kidnapping and raping a 16 year old girl at a party. (source, source) A blogger, Alexandria Goddard, wrote about the incident. Naturally, she was outraged. She wrote another...

By Marc J. Randazza The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Tennessee at Knoxville recently granted a motion to dismiss after it determined that a plaintiff hotel failed to successfully state a claim of defamation against defendant hotel review site TripAdvisor. In Kenneth M. Seaton, d/b/a Grand Resort Hotel and...

Contributed by Charles PlattFor two weeks, now, UK residents have been stunned by an avalanche of revelations--or at least accusations--regarding the BBC and one of its most famous, nationally revered figures, Sir Jimmy Savile, a disc jockey who hosted shows over a period of decades. Savile endeared himself to the...

I don't know, but I think you might be learning a thing or two about the Streisand Effect. Apparently, Dennis Laurion did not like Dr. McKee's bedside manner, reviewing him thusly: When I mentioned Dr. McKee's name to a friend who is a nurse, she said, 'Dr. McKee is a real tool! Case...

This blog often features articles on developments in § 230 of the Communications Decency Act, or the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, but the significance – and nuance – of such rulings may not be immediately appreciable to many readers.  Hopefully such posts are helpful to lawyers.  However, they are important...