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

Posted on July 10, 2012 by

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 a specific circumstance, raising the

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Identifying Details in Defamatory Communications

Posted on March 29, 2012 by

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 her daughter “had a new

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

Posted on March 12, 2012 by

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 internet users to post their

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Can Sandra Fluke Sue Rush Limbaugh for Defamation?

Posted on March 7, 2012 by

If you haven’t heard about Sandra Fluke yet, you will soon. Ms. Fluke is a current student at my legal alma mater, and has become prominent of late by virtue of her activism on the issue of insurance coverage for contraceptives. Ms. Fluke recently argued at a quasi-congressional event that some of her classmates pay

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Welcome to the Utah Defamation Blog

Posted on January 25, 2012 by

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 claims are often litigated by

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