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Veteran Ordered to Pay Defendants’ Legal Fees in Hurt Locker Lawsuit

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A federal district judge has ordered the U.S. Army veteran that sued the makers of the Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker to pay their legal defense fees in the amount of nearly $200,000. Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver had filed a lawsuit against Summit Entertainment LLC, screenwriter Mark Boal, and director Kathryn Bigelow alleging that the […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 22nd, 2011 at 1:29 pm

AP and NBA Referee Reach Settlement Over Tweet

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Another entry in the “Be Careful What You Tweet” file: an NBA referee and the Associated Press have reached a deal over a sports writer’s tweet that suggested the ref had promised a coach a make-up call after a contested call that went in favor of the opposing team. AP sports writer Jon Krawczynski was […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 13th, 2011 at 10:52 am

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First Amendment Takes Spotlight Over Teen’s Negative Tweet About Governor

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High school senior Emma Sullivan may not have intended to become a symbol for the freedom of speech, but she has tweeted her way into history. The now-infamous message posted to Twitter was, “Just made mean comments at gov. brownback and told him he sucked, in person, #heblowsalot.” When a communications director for Kansas Governor […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 1st, 2011 at 10:49 am

Twitter Must Turn Over Data in WikiLeaks Case

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A federal court judge has ruled that the private Twitter information of three WikiLeaks associates must be handed over to a grand jury investigating the case; the 60-page memorandum opinion (PDF) penned by Judge Liam O’Grady upheld a previous decision by a Magistrate Judge Theresa Carroll Buchanan. Birgitta Jonsdottir, a member of Iceland’s parliament, and […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 11th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Georgia Teacher’s Lawsuit Over Facebook Firing Continues

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According to the Barrow County Superior Court, a former Georgia high school teacher can proceed with her lawsuit against the school district that fired her over Facebook photos. Ashley Payne was an English teacher at Apalachee High in Winder, Georgia for two years until the fall of 2009, when the administration received an anonymous tip […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 26th, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Young Author’s Novel in Libel-in-Fiction Lawsuit

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A 14-year-old’s novel, which has been published online, is at the heart of a defamation case in Dallas as plaintiffs contend that the young author used a classmate’s real name, “placing her in unfathomable, graphic scenes ranging from immoral and demeaning to shocking and illegal.” These types of lawsuits are often called “libel-in-fiction.” The parents […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 30th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

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Court Stops Missouri’s Law Restricting Online Teacher/Student Communications

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A few weeks ago, we talked about Missouri’s Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, which restricts student-teacher online communications. The law was set to come into effect August 28, but a Missouri judge has agreed with the plaintiffs, represented by the Eastern Missouri ACLU, in a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality and has issued an preliminary injunction […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 29th, 2011 at 11:04 am

Johnny Gill Sued Over Tweets

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Courtney Love and faithful LegalZoom blog readers know that Twitter is ripe for lawsuits, but apparently recording artist Johnny Gill didn’t get the memo. My, my, my, Johnny. TMZ reports that Gill has been sued by Ira DeWitt, the CEO of Notifi Records, Gill’s label, over a series of Twitter postings based on Gill’s belief […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 18th, 2011 at 11:27 am

Casey Anthony Trial Lives on — in Defamation Cases

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As we mentioned in a post about possible legislation called Caylee’s Law, the legal ramifications of the Casey Anthony trial continue, and not only in legislatures around the country. There are now two notable civil defamation actions related to the case making their way through the court system as well. Defamation Case Against Anthony During […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 23rd, 2011 at 9:27 am

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Can a Blogger Be Sued for Making Fun of Forever 21?

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According to Jezebel.com, clothing retailer Forever 21 is threatening to sue the blogger behind the WTForever21, a site that occasionally pokes fun at some of the store’s offerings. Forever 21 has sent a cease and desist letter claiming that blogger Rachel Kane is engaging in “trademark infringement, copyright infringement, unfair competition and dilution” through her […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 9th, 2011 at 9:32 am