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89 ABA Journal Libel articles.

The Defamation Trial of Johnny Depp: When thespians testify, who can you believe?

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ACLU lawyers reviewed op-ed that led to Johnny Depp’s defamation claim, its GC testifies

Several lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union reviewed the Washington Post op-ed by actress Amber Heard that led to actor Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against her, according to testimony by the organization’s general counsel last week.

Chicago Park District seeks to seal lawyer’s suit claiming mayor defamed him in obscenity-laced Zoom call

The Chicago Park District is seeking to seal a lawsuit filed by a former park district lawyer contending that Mayor Lori Lightfoot defamed him by questioning his legal ability in an obscenity-laced Zoom call.

Lawyer who claimed his paralegal likely tried to poison him may proceed with suit, Texas court rules

A paralegal accused in a lawsuit of falsely claiming that her lawyer boss was depressed to cover up his alleged poisoning can’t get his libel claims dismissed, a Texas appeals court has ruled.

Sarah Palin didn’t meet ‘high standard’ for proving defamation in suit against New York Times, judge says

Updated: A federal judge in New York told lawyers on Monday that he will dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against the New York Times by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Lawyer can’t pursue suit over negative online reviews by nonclients, 7th Circuit rules

A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of an Illinois lawyer’s libel lawsuit against online commenters who gave him one-star ratings after he posted an “odd and offensive” comment on Facebook.

Judge who described pro-Trump lawyer as ‘mendacious or incompetent’ ruled too quickly, top state court says

A Delaware judge abused his discretion when he tossed a pro-Trump lawyer from a case without giving him an opportunity to respond to a show-cause order, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

Judge refuses to toss Dominion’s $1.6B defamation suit against Fox News

A Delaware superior court judge has refused to dismiss a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems against Fox News over the network’s election fraud claims.

Imposter lawyer who filed document in Cosby case wins reversal of his conviction

A federal appeals court has overturned the false statements conviction of a man who posed as a lawyer to file a document in civil litigation between actor Bill Cosby and sexual assault accuser Andrea Constand.

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Suspended lawyer Alex Murdaugh faces new charges

Suspended South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh, previously charged in an alleged scheme to have himself killed for insurance money, is facing 27…

Former ‘The Apprentice’ contestant drops defamation suit against Trump with no compensation

Former The Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos has dropped her lawsuit alleging that former President Donald Trump defamed her when he denied her allegations of unwanted groping and kissing.

Top state court rules against public defender who sued ACLU for calling him ‘crooked’

A public defender is a public official who must prove actual malice in his defamation lawsuit against the American Civil Liberties Union for a blog post calling him “crooked,” the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled.

Missing apostrophe in Facebook post leads to defamation suit

An Australian real estate agent is facing a defamation lawsuit because of a missing apostrophe in his Facebook post. The real estate agent wrote the post about his former employer and his alleged failure to pay money into Australia’s retirement system.

Infowars host who called Sandy Hook shooting a ‘giant hoax’ loses suits because of discovery abuse

Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is liable by default in three defamation lawsuits filed over his claims that the December 2012 mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, was a “giant hoax.”

After several lawyers withdraw from Trump’s cases, a lesser-known lawyer steps in

Former President Donald Trump has turned to a small-firm lawyer to represent him in his $100 million suit against his niece Mary Trump and the New York Times for disclosing his tax records in an alleged breach of a confidential agreement.

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