How Some Celebrity Lawyers Do It And Why Your Lawyer Shouldn’t . . .

I understand very well that lawyers have an obligation to zealously advocate on behalf of their clients. However, there are certain tactics which attorneys should never employ. One such tactic is to insert irrelevant matter in a pleading in order to gain a PR advantage over a defendant (e.g., personal details about somebody’s life, irrelevant […]

What Are The Elements Of A Cause Of Action For Trade Libel?

In reviewing some of the topics that we’ve covered on the California Defamation Blog, I noticed that the topic of Trade Libel is conspicuously absent so I’m going to fix this over the next few posts. Today’s post is short and simple. Here are the basic elements of a cause of action for Trade Libe […]

Best Of California Defamation Law Blog: 2009

This has been an exciting year here at the California Defamation Law Blog, so I thought it’d be a good idea to highlight our top 10 favorite posts, considering page views, comments, and other forms of reader feedback. I hope you revisit and enjoy these posts. Here’s to an even better 2010! Here they are: […]

Defamation Defense: Consent

A less common but no less important defense to a cause of action for defamation is the defense of consent. If the defendant can show that the plaintiff consented to the publication of the alleged defamatory statement or statements, it operates as a complete defense. In other words, defendant wins. Under what circumstances has the […]

Defamation Defense: Qualified Privilege

 The last several posts have focused on absolute privileges. Today we’re going to talk about the qualified privilege, which is a lot more common than you might think. A qualified privilege essentially means what it appears to mean. It allows the publisher/speaker to make a statement that would otherwise be defamatory without being held liable for making […]

Perez Hilton Threatens To Sue Kirstie Alley For Twitter Defamation

WARNING: This post contains profanity.  If you find profanity objectionable please do not continue reading. Someone must have hacked into Kirstie Alley’s Twitter account. At least, I hope so for Alley’s sake. Yesterday in response to a tweet from one of her followers, Alley wrote that "PH" (presumably Perez Hilton) was "like a closet pedophile […]