Why the “Do it Yourself” Mentality Is A Bad Idea

We are a "do it yourself" nation. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at the "how to" section of any bookstore or library and you’ll see what I’m talking about. There are books on how to do just about anything, including practicing law. Now, I’m not here to knock those kinds of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]