Courtney Love Responds: Surely No One Takes Twitter Seriously!

Warning! This post contains language which may be offensive to some. Please do not read it if you find profanity objectionable or if it makes you feel uncomfortable. Total Read Time: 6 minutes. Courtney Love responded to Dawn Simorankir’s First Amended Complaint by filing an anti-SLAPP motion. The purpose of the so-called “SLAPP” statute is […]

The Tale Of A Model, A Blogger, and Internet Anonymity

I couldn’t resist any longer. By now you know the story of Rosemary Port, the blogger who had anonymously blogged about model Liskula Cohen, stating that Cohen was a "skank" and a "ho," among other choice character descriptions. You also know that a court forced Google to reveal Port’s identity. Up until that time the […]

Thank You Dear Readers

We started this blog just over a year ago. Whether you are a new reader of the California Defamation Law Blog or whether you are one of the first few, I am so thankful to have you here with me. I love writing this blog and so many cool things have happened recently – and […]

Truth Is A Defense To A Claim Of Defamation

Total read time: 2 minutes 49 seconds. "The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is." -Winston Churchill Truth is a complete defense to a claim of defamation.   It is the great equalizer in any libel or slander suit. It is what the plaintiff’s […]

Upcoming Teleseminar: “Protecting and Maximizing Your Online Search Engine Reputation”

On August 28, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time I’ll be participating in a highly informative teleseminar with Jay Fleischmann on the topic of: "Protecting and Maximizing Your Online Search Engine Reputation." The best part is that it’s absolutely FREE! This call will be full of useful and valuable information you will be able […]

What Are The Defenses To A Claim For Defamation?

Many of you have been asking me for a list of the major defenses to a claim for defamation.  Well, without further ado, here they are: Truth. Discharge Of Official Duty. Judicial Proceedings. Legislative Proceedings. Other Official Proceedings. Proceedings Reviewable By Mandamus. Report Of Official Proceeding Or Complaint. Report Of Public Meeting. Consent. Common Interest. […]