How Long Can You Wait To File A Defamation Lawsuit?

In California, you have one year from the date of publication in which to file an action for libel and slander.  Code of Civil Procedure § 340(c).  That's right.  Only one year.  Lawyers call this a "statute of limitations."  Therefore, do not wait to file a defamation claim or you may lose the right to […]

Does the U.S. Need A National Speech Code?

I wrote a post not too long ago about "defamation of religion" and the United Nations.  After reading Steven Groves' excellent article, "Why the U.S. Should Oppose "Defamation of Religions" Resolutions at the United Nations", I am firmly convinced that the First Amendment as we understand it today is in danger.  It is well known […]

Defamation Basics: PART I

Defamation seems like a simple concept. Someone says or writes something damaging about someone’s else’s reputation, right? Wrong. The legal requirements for defamation are far more stringent than you might expect. I find that most people equate defamation with office gossip. It’s true. (refer to said simple definition above). So lets clear it up. The […]