Tag: Libel and Slander

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia Sues CBS for Defamation, Seeking $400 Million

In a rare legal broadside by a politician against a major news organization, Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax of Virginia sued CBS on Thursday for defamation, saying the network’s news division smeared him by airing interviews with two women who accused the lawmaker of sexual assault. Mr. Fairfax, who remained in his job despite an […]

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When a Politician Is Called a ‘Lousy Traitor,’ Should Facebook Censor It?

In April 2016, a Facebook user shared an article featuring a photo of the Austrian Green party’s leader at the time, Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek, along with added comments labeling her a “corrupt oaf,” a “lousy traitor” and “member of a fascist party.” The comments were apparently a protest of her support for refugees. Ms. Glawischnig-Piesczek claimed […]

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Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorist Loses to Father of 6-Year-Old Victim Over Hoax

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Several years ago a small publishing house called Moon Rock Books published a 455-page volume that argued the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre had never happened. In a dozen chapters, the book professed, among other things, that the school […]

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Oberlin Helped Students Defame a Bakery, a Jury Says. The Punishment: $33 Million.

Protests over cultural sensitivity have long been a staple at Oberlin College, a liberal arts school tucked into the cornfields of Ohio, where students have spoken out about everything from microaggressions to the cultural appropriation of sushi. Now some of those protests have put the college on the hook for tens of millions of dollars. […]

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