Jury Finds Rolling Stone Liable for Defamation

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In her $7.5 million case against Rolling Stone and its reporter, Sabrina Erdely, UVA administrator Nicole Eramo has won the biggest battle.  Today, a federal jury submitted a verdict for Eramo, finding Erdely, Rolling Stone, and its publisher liable for defaming her.  The jury has not made a determination of …






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RQN Defamation Team Wins Jury Verdict With Substantial Damages In Federal Court

After a long and hard fought litigation process, the case of Thomas Rowe v. DPI Specialty Foods went to trial earlier this fall.  RQN client Thomas Rowe brought claims for defamation and tortious interference with economic relations after losing his job and being removed from an industry where he had …






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Moss v. Parr Waddoups and the Judicial Proceedings Privilege in Utah

The law of defamation essentially says that I cannot make false statements about you that will damage your reputation.  But that basic statement is riddled with exceptions.  One issue that defamation attorneys must always keep in mind is the question of privilege.  A privilege provides protection to a person in …






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Identifying Details in Defamatory Communications

Media outlets are reporting that a defamation lawsuit against Barbara Walters has been dismissed by a Massachusetts Federal Court. The suit was filed after Walters published her 2008 autobiography, which disclosed a few details about a woman who had a relationship with Walters’ daughter many years ago. Walters wrote that …






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Can I Sue the Owner of a Website for Comments Posted There By Others?

In the world of Web 2.0, where huge amounts of online content are published not by institutional publishers, but by web users, new questions of liability for online defamation arise every day. Some of the largest websites in the world, like YouTube, Amazon, Ebay, and Yelp, offer fora for casual …






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Welcome to the Utah Defamation Blog

If you are interested in learning more about defamation law, and how this distinctive field of law functions in Utah, welcome. “Defamation” is typically used broadly, to encompass torts like “libel” “slander,” and “false light,” as well as other wrongful communications that may damage the reputation of their subject. Defamation …






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