Overlawyered » libel slander and defamation http://overlawyered.com Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:08:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Citing lack of jurisdiction, judge tosses GreenTech suit against critics http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/citing-lack-jurisdiction-judge-tosses-greentech-suit-critics/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/citing-lack-jurisdiction-judge-tosses-greentech-suit-critics/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:44:51 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47458 “A U.S. judge in Mississippi [last month] threw out an $85-million lawsuit in which an electric car company founded by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe alleged Watchdog.org had libeled the firm.” [Watchdog, earlier] Tweet Tags: libel slander and defamation, Virginia

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“A U.S. judge in Mississippi [last month] threw out an $85-million lawsuit in which an electric car company founded by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe alleged Watchdog.org had libeled the firm.” [Watchdog, earlier]

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UK local council spends $350K trying to unmask political blogger http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/uk-local-council-spends-350k-trying-unmask-political-blogger/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/uk-local-council-spends-350k-trying-unmask-political-blogger/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 04:15:13 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47040 In the North of England, “South Tyneside Council has abandoned its hunt for notorious blogger Mr Monkey after spending more than £200,000 of taxpayers’ cash.” [Chronicle] The widely read blog had made scurrilous charges against council members and others. “The authority said it had a ‘duty’ to protect staff and councillors against” what it called […]

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In the North of England, “South Tyneside Council has abandoned its hunt for notorious blogger Mr Monkey after spending more than £200,000 of taxpayers’ cash.” [Chronicle] The widely read blog had made scurrilous charges against council members and others. “The authority said it had a ‘duty’ to protect staff and councillors against” what it called “cyber-bullying and harassment.” “Councils cannot sue for libel. Any action against the ‘Mr Monkey’ blogger could only be taken by named individuals.” [BBC] More: Daily Mail, Taxpayers Alliance.

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“Yankees fan caught sleeping on TV sues ESPN, MLB” http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/yankees-fan-caught-sleeping-tv-sues-espn-mlb/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/yankees-fan-caught-sleeping-tv-sues-espn-mlb/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 04:15:05 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=46964 “A New York man who was caught sleeping at a recent Yankees game against the Red Sox on ESPN is filing a $10 million defamation suit against broadcasters Dan Shulman and John Kruk for their ‘avalanche of disparaging words,’ according to the New York Post.” Andrew Robert Rector’s complaint over the broadcasters’ “vituperative utterances” appears […]

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“A New York man who was caught sleeping at a recent Yankees game against the Red Sox on ESPN is filing a $10 million defamation suit against broadcasters Dan Shulman and John Kruk for their ‘avalanche of disparaging words,’ according to the New York Post.” Andrew Robert Rector’s complaint over the broadcasters’ “vituperative utterances” appears to have been translated awkwardly into English from some other language, a sample sentence reading: “It is well known that rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox is always the biggest in all of sport.” [Sporting News]

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Free speech roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/06/free-speech-roundup-30/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/06/free-speech-roundup-30/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 04:05:09 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=46243 “Tenured Wisconsin Prof Sues Former Student Over Online Comments on Her Teaching” [Caron/TaxProf] Recent Paul Alan Levy profile: “The web bully’s worst enemy” [Washingtonian] HHS signals it won’t pursue case against blogger [Levy, earlier] Arizona Yelp case angle [Scott Greenfield] Get your ideas out of town: threats against hotel “have escalated to include death threats, […]

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  • “Tenured Wisconsin Prof Sues Former Student Over Online Comments on Her Teaching” [Caron/TaxProf]
  • Recent Paul Alan Levy profile: “The web bully’s worst enemy” [Washingtonian] HHS signals it won’t pursue case against blogger [Levy, earlier] Arizona Yelp case angle [Scott Greenfield]
  • Get your ideas out of town: threats against hotel “have escalated to include death threats, physical violence against our staff and other guests” [Deadline Detroit; "men's rights movement" conference]
  • UK police investigate Baptist church after “burn in Hell” sign reported as “hate incident” [Secular Right]
  • Please don’t give him ideas: “Should it be against the law to criticize Harry Reid?” [Trevor Burrus, Boston Herald]
  • “MAP: The places where blasphemy could get you punished” [Washington Post]
  • Only three states – Wisconsin, Michigan, and Kansas — have laws inviting vengeful secret John Doe probes [Ilya Shapiro, earlier]
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    Costs of criticizing a physician http://overlawyered.com/2014/05/costs-criticizing-physician/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/05/costs-criticizing-physician/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 10:23:30 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=46049 The defendant in the Duluth doctor-rating defamation case that we recounted here and here “told the Star Tribune he spent the equivalent of two years’ income, some of which he had to borrow from relatives who supplied the money by raiding their retirement funds.” The Minnesota Supreme Court eventually ruled that his comments were protected […]

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    The defendant in the Duluth doctor-rating defamation case that we recounted here and here “told the Star Tribune he spent the equivalent of two years’ income, some of which he had to borrow from relatives who supplied the money by raiding their retirement funds.” The Minnesota Supreme Court eventually ruled that his comments were protected opinion. The doctor/plaintiff, for his part, spent $60,000 pursuing the suit. [Twin Cities Business]

    The same article, a “Lawsuits of the Year 2013″ feature, also recounts how a couple under the influence of “sovereign citizen” teachings “filed more than $250 billion in liens, and other claims, against those they considered the cause of their problems, including [Hennepin County Sheriff Rich] Stanek, county attorneys and other court officials. The liens were filed against vehicles, houses and even mineral rights.” When Stanek went to refinance his property, he discovered he had been hit with $25 million in liens which took “several years” to remove entirely. The husband of the couple was sent to prison.

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    Alt-medicine personality menaces critic http://overlawyered.com/2014/05/alt-medicine-personality-menaces-critic/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/05/alt-medicine-personality-menaces-critic/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 04:15:53 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=45965 Author Jon Entine, associated with George Mason U.’s STATS project and a visiting fellow at AEI, wrote a highly critical piece at Forbes.com about Mike Adams, whose extremely controversial views on science, medicine, vaccines, GMOs and other topics get wide circulation through the site Natural News, much shared on the internet. Adams’s resulting legal threats […]

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    Author Jon Entine, associated with George Mason U.’s STATS project and a visiting fellow at AEI, wrote a highly critical piece at Forbes.com about Mike Adams, whose extremely controversial views on science, medicine, vaccines, GMOs and other topics get wide circulation through the site Natural News, much shared on the internet. Adams’s resulting legal threats led Forbes to pull down the Entine piece (the publication of which Adams deemed “cyber-bullying” and “electronic harassment”), and Keith Kloor at DiscoverBlogs prints choice excerpts from what is said to be Adams’s electronic correspondence with Entine. More: Sharon Hill, Doubtful News.

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    Threatening blogger over satirical posts http://overlawyered.com/2014/05/threatening-blogger-satirical-posts/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/05/threatening-blogger-satirical-posts/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 04:15:56 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=45887 Not a good idea for anyone, really, but an especially bad idea for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [Ken at Popehat; Paul Alan Levy (reminding that "the government itself cannot be defamed")] Down the same alley: when the mayor of Peoria seized on a misdemeanor law banning “impersonating a public official” as […]

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    Not a good idea for anyone, really, but an especially bad idea for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [Ken at Popehat; Paul Alan Levy (reminding that "the government itself cannot be defamed")]

    Down the same alley: when the mayor of Peoria seized on a misdemeanor law banning “impersonating a public official” as grounds for sending police after a clearly satirical Twitter account, he bit off more than he might be able to chew [Ars Technica, earlier]

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    Free speech roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/04/free-speech-roundup-28/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/04/free-speech-roundup-28/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:05:30 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=44328 “Money spent trying to spread a political message is speech, whether you like the message or not.” [Michael Kinsley on McCutcheon v. FEC, earlier] “Letter: Ken Avidor on Being Silenced By a Defamation Suit” [Romenesko] “Canada’s first Twitter harassment trial has taken a strange twist.” [Christie Blatchford, National Post] In union leader’s defamation suit, Philadelphia […]

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  • “Money spent trying to spread a political message is speech, whether you like the message or not.” [Michael Kinsley on McCutcheon v. FEC, earlier]
  • “Letter: Ken Avidor on Being Silenced By a Defamation Suit” [Romenesko]
  • “Canada’s first Twitter harassment trial has taken a strange twist.” [Christie Blatchford, National Post]
  • In union leader’s defamation suit, Philadelphia court orders anonymous commenter unmasked [CBS Philly]
  • New Jersey ruling letting parents be sued over kids’ Facebook posts will chill speech [Hans Bader/CEI, earlier]
  • More dispatches from Michael Mann-Mark Steyn litigation showdown [Steyn, Charles Cooke] Bonus: Steyn on Andrew Bolt case in Australia and on Nevada protests’ “First Amendment Area” (“The ‘First Amendment Area’ is supposed to be something called ‘the United States’.”)
  • “True-crime author Ann Rule’s suit against Seattle Weekly tossed” [KING]
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    Watch what you say about police officers http://overlawyered.com/2014/04/watch-say-police-officers/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/04/watch-say-police-officers/#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:31:27 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=45198 Court order muzzles gun advocate after his arrest [ACLU of Missouri]: To express his opinion that Officer [Jerry] Bledsoe was using his position to harass him for exercising his Second Amendment rights, [Jordan] Klaffer posted recordings of the May 1 encounter on YouTube and Facebook. And, on Instagram, he posted a picture of Bledsoe alongside […]

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    Court order muzzles gun advocate after his arrest [ACLU of Missouri]:

    To express his opinion that Officer [Jerry] Bledsoe was using his position to harass him for exercising his Second Amendment rights, [Jordan] Klaffer posted recordings of the May 1 encounter on YouTube and Facebook. And, on Instagram, he posted a picture of Bledsoe alongside a photo of Saddam Hussein, with the caption “Striking Resemblance.”

    Officer Bledsoe retaliated by obtaining a court order that prevented Mr. Klaffer from posting videos, pictures, and text data criticizing Officer Bledsoe on the Internet. “A government order prohibiting criticism of government is the worst kind of censorship,” explains Tony Rothert, legal director of the ACLU of Missouri.

    Meanwhile: Virginia state trooper sues police activist in small claims court over his actions and statements following a traffic stop of his car in which she participated, the videos of which wound up on YouTube.

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    “The Story behind the Rob Ford Story” http://overlawyered.com/2014/04/story-behind-rob-ford-story/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/04/story-behind-rob-ford-story/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:24:34 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=45082 How a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada expanding defenses in defamation law emboldened reporters and made possible tough press coverage of the Toronto mayor [Ivor Tossell, Walrus Magazine] Tweet Tags: Canada, free speech in Canada, libel slander and defamation

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    How a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada expanding defenses in defamation law emboldened reporters and made possible tough press coverage of the Toronto mayor [Ivor Tossell, Walrus Magazine]

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