We have previously described as "robust," the protection afforded interactive service providers from liability for defamatory contents posted by third parties by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. But in Blockowitz v. Williams, 1:09-cv-03955 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 21, 2009), involving post-judgment efforts to have defamatory postings removed from a consumer complaint Web site , … Continue Reading
If you refer to a professional model a "skank" and a "ho," that’s defamation, not mere opinion or hyperbole, and it is no less defamatory for having been said on a blog, a Supreme Court judge in New York ruled in In re Application of Cohen (N.Y. Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty Aug. 17, 2009). The … Continue Reading
With the rough and tumble of the debate over the stimulus legislation starting to wind down, Congress is starting to turn to other subjects. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law held hearings yesterday on “libel tourism,” the filing of libel lawsuits against U.S. defendants in libel-plaintiff friendly countries such as the U.K. … Continue Reading
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