Defamation Defense: Judicial Proceedings

Continuing in our series on defamation defenses, today we’re going to cover the defense of statements made in a judicial proceeding, also known as the litigation privilege. A publication made in a judicial or quasi-judicial proceeding is absolutely privileged.  Civil Code § 47(b). This means that  you cannot prevail in a libel or slander case […]

Is Defamation Litigation Out of Control?

Many people believe that defamation of character litigation is out of control. They go on and on about how rising costs are encouraging defendants to settle "frivolous" cases and "abusive" discovery procedures are chilling free speech. But they don’t really offer any solutions to this so-called problem.  Instead, they just talk, talk, and talk, and […]