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High Profile Defamation Case Study: Mitre v. HBO

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Tyrion Lannister’s trial is over, but HBO’s still got a high-profile defamation lawsuit to conquer — the Mitre Sports v. HBO slander battle. Current Advantage: Mitre. The Players In This Sports Defamation Lawsuit Mitre Sports International Mitre is a sports equipment manufacturer. The company is the exclusive soccer (football) ball sponsor of the English Premier League and Major League Soccer. Home Box Office (HBO) HBO is a cable network that produces a program called Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel. Back In 2008, HBO Aired A Special That Didn’t Paint Mitre In The Best Light In 2008, HBO aired a Real Sports segment featuring Mitre called “Childhood Lost.” A heart-wrenching tale, “Childhood Lost” highlighted the hardships of kid labor in India. It began: “We start with a sobering look at a practice that is clearly illegal, and was supposedly done away ...
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Business v. Business Defamation & Unfair Competition

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A competitor is spreading misinformation about your business. Can they get away with it? Inside, we'll look at the issues of business-on-business defamation and unfair competition.
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Topix Defamation Case Study: What To Do When The Defamer Is Anonymous

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Topix defamation is as rampant as Ripoff Report defamation. In this article we'll discuss a recent anonymous Topix defamation case. Plus, we'll go over what you need to prove to win an online defamation lawsuit.
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Academic Defamation: Can A Plaintiff Win?

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Last year, a finance executive sued an Arizona law professor over a law review article. At the time, legal watchers wondered which way the case would swing. Well, the ruling has come down. The judge sided with the law professor defendant.
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Academic Defamation Spat Is The Talk Of The Halls At Ohio College

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And you thought high school students were catty? Well, they “ain’t got nothing” on a passel of professors at Oberlin College currently caught up in a messy tangle of calumny. Accusations of murder, bribery and green card marriage proposals have been flying through the school’s hallowed halls – and what has emerged is a whopper of a defamation lawsuit. Two Professors With A Serious Hate-On For Each Other The two main players in this academic libel throw down are Ali Yedes and Samir Amin Abdellatif. Both are gainfully employed by Oberlin College, and, judging by all accounts, the two gentlemen aren’t what you’d call friends. No, it can be safely assumed that they can’t stand each other. From the read of it, Yedes’s and Abdellatif’s relationship resembles a Capulets and Montagues situation. Accusations…(Of Premeditated Murder No Less!) It’s unclear when ...
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Dentist Defamation: Privilege & Case Law

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What do you think when you hear or read the word “privilege”? Do you picture a person with F.U. money? Or maybe visions of royal bodies dance in your head. Answers vary, but when it comes to law, privilege means that one party has a legal right to engage in a given action, and, as a result, cannot be held liable for said action. When it comes to dentist defamation lawsuits, privilege often dictates who wins and who loses. First Things First, What is Dentist Defamation? Before we delve deeper into the legal concept of privilege, let’s first define defamation. In basic terms, defamation occurs when one party publicly lies about another party. In cases where a dentist is suing for slander or libel related to their professional capacities, the dentist most prove that: The defendant published — or publicly ...
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Celebrity Defamation: Dance Mom v. Dance Maven

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Gather round celebrity defamation fans; another reality show slander suit is afoot! I’m always skeptical of these cases, because one can’t help but wonder, “Is it for real or ratings?” But alas, our law demands assumptions of innocence. So, let’s take a look at the reality show defamation case of Dance Mom v. Dance Coach. [Insert Law and Order beats]. A ‘Dance Mom’ Stunt Results In A Celebrity Defamation Suit The fracas began when Abby Lee and Kelly got “up in each other’s’ grillz” (tm Lucy Watson) at a dance competition in the Bronx. The show was being taped for their reality show, “Dance Moms.” Apparently, shouts were hurled and slaps exchanged. In the end, someone [*cough* realityshowproducers *cough*] called the police and Hyland ended up turning herself in – though she was never handcuffed. As is the case with ...
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A-Rod’s Lawyer Files Multi-Defendant Defamation Suit

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One of A-Rod’s lawyers, Joseph Tacopina, filed a defamation lawsuit against former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, two reporters for the New York Daily News and the paper itself. His complaint states that two reporters — Nathaniel Vinton and Michael O’Keefe — fabricated wrongdoings so that Keric would reprimand Tacopina. According to Tacopina, the writer duo then published a negative article about the incident. Tacopina’s complaint accuses the reporters of being unethical and convicted felon Keric of being a liar. Vinton and O’Keefe — who both had a reputation for shading A-rod — also wrote up a piece slamming Tacopina as an amoral attorney. To further thicken the plot, Kerik is a disgruntled former client of Tacopina’s law practice. Keric, who did time in federal prison for a Homeland Security scandal and tax fraud, is accused of trying ...
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Nancy Grace Defamation: The Almost-Kennedy Case

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In the words of attorney Stephan E. Seeger, Nancy Grace may have finally “put [her] foot in [her] mouth” a little too far. And to sensationalize matters a tad more, a previously convicted member of The Kennedy Clan may be the one to nail Nancy Grace for defamation. Uh oh, ya’ll! A defamation lawsuit landed on Nancy Grace’s anchor desk. Michael C. Skakel – a Kennedy cousin – wants to punish the HLN star for stretching the truth a little too far. What happened? In short, back in 1975, teenager Martha Moxley was murdered in Connecticut. For years, the case went unsolved. In 2000, Michael C. Skakel, Ethel Kennedy’s nephew, was convicted of the crime. In 2013, however, a judge overturned the ruling and granted Skakel a new trial. As you might suspect, Nancy Grace has been on the case. ...
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Defamation By Implication

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Where do U.S. courts fall on the issue of defamation by implication? Do First Amendment rights render defamation by implication impossible under United States law? We’ll answer these questions by applying a recent “lawsuit that never was” involving everyone’s favorite (allegedly) crack-smoking mayor from Toronto, Rob Ford. Toronto’s drug-smoking, death-threatening, lady-part mentioning mayor, Rob Ford, recently conjured another shit-storm. During a televised interview with ex-con-turned-talk-show-host, Conrad Black, Ford insinuated that Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale was a pedophile. The neutered mayor quipped, “He’s taking photos of little kids. I do want to say that word, but you start thinking ‘what’s this guy all about.’” Soon after the interview aired, Dale sent Ford a libel notice demanding an apology and retraction. At first, Ford played it as you might expect him to play it, badly. At a press conference, Ford said ...
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