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Modern Day Litigation, Cyber Defamation, and Law in Sports & Entertainment

Tag Archives: Internet defamation

Is it defamation to … tell someone to eat shit?

Posted in Defamation
This is an easy one. No. By definition, defamation is a false statement of fact, which damages another’s reputation or character. So, telling someone to eat shit, which is nothing but a more colorful way of saying ‘go fly a kite,’ is not defamation. Then why did HBO get sued along with its show host,… Continue Reading

What is the “single publication rule,” and why should you care?

Posted in Cyber-defamation, Defamation, First Amendment, New Jersey, Ohio
  You’ve probably heard the term statute of limitations before, and you might even know what it is — the time limit for filing a lawsuit, which is established by a state legislature or Congress, and defines the absolute deadline that a suit can be filed after the occurrence of the event that gave rise to the… Continue Reading

Avvo Ruling Doesn’t Create a Green Light for Anonymous Defamation

Posted in Cyber-defamation, Defamation, First Amendment, Internet & Media Law
People are making much ado about this week’s decision out of a Washington state appellate court surrounding a negative online review on the popular lawyer website Avvo.com. But it’s really much ado about nothing. The Avvo decision didn’t change the law; its chief holding is that people who post to the Internet anonymously can remain anonymous under protections granted… Continue Reading