5 Common Mistakes Lawyers Make When Drafting Defamation Complaints

In my defamation practice I see lawyers continually making the same mistakes when they draft complaints. Unfortunately for their clients, these drafting errors often lead to partial or complete dismissals of their lawsuits. Here are just five of these common mistakes: 1. Pleading injunction as a cause of action. An injunction is a powerful remedy […]

General Principles of Personal Jurisdiction in Defamation Cases

Due process permits state courts to exercise personal jurisdiction over nonresidents who have “minimum contacts” with the forum state. “Minimum contacts” means a relationship between the nonresident and the forum state is such that the exercise of jurisdiction does not offend “traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice” under the U.S. Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment […]

Defamation Is A Personal Injury

Personal injury lawyers get a bad rap because of years of tort reform and hokey advertisements. But personal injury law is much broader than just auto accident and slip and fall cases. Every time a doctor misdiagnoses a patient causing injury, a personal injury lawyer steps in and advocates on behalf of the patient’s safety, which […]

Travolta & Singer Sued For Alleged LIbel

Here’s a good article by the Hollywood Reporter about a lawsuit that was filed today against John Travolta and Martin Singer, which serves as a good illustration as to what dangers await those who file defamation lawsuits. Robert Randolph, who wrote You’ll Never Spa In This Town Again is suing John Travolta and Martin Singer […]

More Twitter Defamation In The News

I haven’t had a lot of time lately to blog, but here are a couple of stories involving twitter libel that you should check out. The first involves the lawsuit filed by Courtney Love’s former attorneys over alleged defamatory tweets. If you recall, Love posted a less than flattering comment about one of her previous […]

8 strategies to help avoid being sued for libel

  [Editor’s note: This post was written by my good friend, Gordon Firemark. He’s a media and entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles, California. He is the author of the Podcast, Blog & New Media Producer’s Legal Survival Guide, and host of the Entertainment Law Update Podcast. http://www.firemark.com] Enter Gordon: Do you post blogs, podcasts, videos or other material […]

Is A Public Figure’s Sex Life A Matter of Public Interest Under the Anti-SLAPP Statute?

Political and sports figures have recently argued that their sex lives are not a matter of public interest. Consider, for example, Herman Cain: in response to allegations from Ginger White that she had a decade-plus affair with him, Mr. Cain’s attorney, Lin Wood, said that those kinds of allegations have no place in public discourse […]