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ABC Seeks Dismissal of ‘Pink Slime’ Defamation Suit

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ABC News is seeking dismissal of the $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against it over its stories involving a meat processor’s “pink slime.” Beef Products. Inc. (BFI), based in South Dakota, is suing ABC News Inc. along with news anchors and correspondents who took part in the reporting about “pink slime,” which Beef Products claims was […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 1st, 2012 at 10:55 am

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NBA Owner Sues Blogger Over “Unflattering” Photo

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Miami Heat minority owner Raanan Katz didn’t like a photo of him that has been published, so he’s suing the blogger that put it online as well as Google alleging copyright infringement. The complaint maintains that Katz first pursued a remedy via the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) (twice), requesting that Google remove the “unflattering” […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 27th, 2012 at 3:59 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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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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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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Google Loses Defamation Case in Italy

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Once again Google is on the guilty end of the defamation stick in Europe — this time in Italy. An Italian court has upheld an earlier decision that held Google Instant’s autocomplete suggestions can be libelous. In this instance, an Italian businessman sued Google when a search for his name was completed with “truffa” and […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 7th, 2011 at 9:43 am

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Real Estate Agents Lose Defamation Suit Against CBS Over CSI Episode

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If you do business with the writer of a television show, can the writer later use your name in a script without running afoul of defamation law? According to a three-judge panel of California’s second appellate district, the answer is yes — so long as the description of the character isn’t close enough to your […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

March 9th, 2011 at 9:54 am

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Updates on Courtney Love, ACLU-Amazon, and Taco Bell Lawsuits

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Legal news stories have a funny way of making headlines when they first happen and then quietly fading away — but here are three stories previously covered here with some noteworthy updates: Courtney Love to Pay $430,000 to Settle Twitter Lawsuit We first told you about this lawsuit in Courtney Love Sued Over Tweets. At […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

March 7th, 2011 at 3:13 am

Courtney Love Sued Over Tweets

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Courtney Love has been in an ongoing battle with fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir over alleged non-payment for clothes, but when the feud spilled over into social media, things really got serious — as in, Simorangkir has sued Love over allegedly defamatory postings on Twitter, MySpace, and Etsy.com. The postings in question include Love’s calling Simorangkir […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

January 11th, 2011 at 9:39 am