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After One-Star TripAdvisor Review, Restaurant Goes 'Nuclear'

Law firm for UK's High Rocks threatens mom Sarah Gardner with jail time

(Newser) - A British mom says she's a "nervous wreck" after she posted a negative restaurant review on TripAdvisor and is now being threatened with jail time for libel and defamation, per the Mirror . The London Times reports on the situation of 44-year-old nurse Sarah Gardner, who put up a... More »

Melania Trump Wanted $150M From Tabloid, Got $3M

Settlement with 'Daily Mail' paper and site did get her retractions and an apology, though

(Newser) - Melania Trump just made the Daily Mail and Mail Online pay up on her libel claims. Per the Guardian , the newspaper and website have apologized and fully retracted and withdrawn "false and defamatory" allegations about the first lady made in an article originally published last August, a statement noted... More »

'Libel Bully' Report on Trump Is Maybe a Bit Too Convincing

ABA decides not to publish it, fearing a lawsuit

(Newser) - "It is more than a little ironic," one lawyer involved tells the New York Times . He's got a point: The irony refers to a decision by the American Bar Association not to publish a report concluding that Donald Trump is a "libel bully." Higher-ups at... More »

NYT Lawyer Fires Back at Trump Attorneys

See you in court, he says

(Newser) - Donald Trump's lawyers have threatened to sue the New York Times over a story alleging that he groped two women —but the lawyers for the Times don't appear to be quaking in their boots. "The essence of a libel claim, of course, is the protection of... More »

Melania Trump Sues Daily Mail Over Escort Claims

She's seeking $150M in libel damages

(Newser) - Melania Trump is taking on the Daily Mail—armed with the lawyer who brought down Gawker . Attorney Charles Harder announced Thursday that Trump is suing the British newspaper and US blogger Webster Tarpley for libel over claims that she worked as an escort in the '90s, the BBC reports.... More »

She Gave a Law Firm a Bad Online Review. They Sued

Lan Cai's former attorneys say she wrote libelous half-truths

(Newser) - Things went from bad to worse after Lan Cai, a 20-year-old waitress working her way through nursing school at Houston Community College, was hit by a drunk driver on her way home from work at 1:30am. She'd broken two bones in her back, and she'd never been... More »

eBay Seller Loses Libel Suit Over Bad Reviews

Called a victory for Internet commenters' First Amendment rights

(Newser) - An eBay merchant who sued two customers over negative reviews in 2013 was ordered this week to pay more than $19,000 in legal fees by an Ohio judge, ABC News reports. Two years ago, Amy Nicholls bought a microscope from eBay seller Med Express. When the microscope arrived, she... More »

Enquirer Funds Prize After Publishing Hoffman Lies

Actor's friend sought settlement he would want

(Newser) - A National Enquirer story filled with lies about Philip Seymour Hoffman's last days has spawned a foundation dedicated to the actor's pursuit of artistic truth. After playwright David Bar Katz—the friend who found Hoffman's body earlier this month—spotted the story claiming he and Hoffman had... More »

Armstrong, UK Times Settle Libel Suit

Ends 9-year legal battle over articles alleging doping

(Newser) - Britain's Sunday Times and Lance Armstrong have settled an almost decade-long legal battle over the disgraced cyclist's doping, the Times reports via a headline that proclaims Armstrong a "drug cheat." Terms of the deal are confidential, but the paper calls it a "mutually acceptable final... More »

New York Post Sued by Its Bogus Bombing Suspects

Pair identified on cover as 'bag men' want payback

(Newser) - We're going to go out on a limb and say that next time there's a terrorist attack on the US, the New York Post will fact-check better. It would be hard to do worse than its post-Boston Marathon effort, which saw it run a cover declaring two innocent... More »

Author Insults Thai King, Editor Gets 10-Year Sentence

Author has since fled to Cambodia

(Newser) - A Thai magazine editor was today sentenced to 10 years in prison for insulting the king. If that sounds extreme, consider this: Somyot Pruksakasemsuk didn't actually write the insults, he just published them. (The author has since fled to Cambodia.) And they didn't appear in articles of... More »

UK Times Sues Lance Armstrong for $1.6M

Remember that time you sued for libel over doping allegations?

(Newser) - Britain's Sunday Times once paid Lance Armstrong $485,000 to settle a libel lawsuit over doping allegations, and it would like its money back: In more bad news for the disgraced cycling champ, the Times has filed legal paperwork "demanding a return of the settlement payment plus interest,... More »

Cruise Threatens Lawsuit Over Enquirer Story

Tabloid describes Katie's 'house of horrors'; his lawyers blast 'disgusting lies'

(Newser) - A new National Enquirer cover story says Tom Cruise "abused" Katie Holmes and forced Suri to spend months in a "tiny, windowless room"—and Cruise's lawyers are furious. They say the story is filled with "disgusting lies" and are threatening to sue the tabloid over... More »

Teen Sues Facebook Tormentors for Libel

She turns to court after school, police, Facebook can't help

(Newser) - When a 14-year-old girl in Georgia discovered a phony—and degrading—Facebook page created in her name, she went to her school, the police, and even Facebook itself without much luck. The page stayed up, and its creators went unpunished. As a result, Alex Boston is now suing two classmates... More »

Palin Threatens to Sue McGinniss Over Rogue

Publisher, author printed info they 'knew to be false,' says attorney

(Newser) - Here's something that's bound to get more people reading The Rogue. Sarah Palin is threatening to sue author Joe McGinniss and his publisher for his tell-everything tome about the former Alaska governor, which includes gossip about drug use and adultery, reports ABC News . The work was roundly criticized... More »

Vicious Small-Town Gossip Gets Online Forum

The virtual stuff is anonymous and nasty

(Newser) - It’s small-town gossip 2.0: Tiny towns in the Ozarks, Appalachia, and elsewhere are increasingly turning to the Internet for local chatter—and when posts are anonymous, they can get nasty. On sites like, cruel rumors get started virtually, and true or not, the fallout can be... More »

Strauss-Kahn Accuser Sues New York Post

Her lawyers say report that she's a prostitute is libelous

(Newser) - The Dominique Strauss-Kahn case in New York City may disappear soon , but the DSK headlines keep coming. The maid who accused him of rape is suing the New York Post for reporting that she was a prostitute , notes Reuters . The stories were "an apparent desperate attempt to bolster its... More »

Food Blogger Jailed for Complaining About Noodles

Judge ruled Taiwan woman didn't have the evidence to declare them salty

(Newser) - Be careful what you blog about in Taiwan. One woman, identified only as Mrs. Liu, learned that lesson the hard way recently, after she complained on her little-read blog about the Sichuan Flavor Beef Noodle Restaurant in Taichung. The place, she wrote, was full of cockroaches, the owner was a... More »

Amanda Knox's Parents Ordered to Stand Trial

Edda Mellas and Curt Knox accused of libel

(Newser) - As Amanda Knox appeals her murder conviction, her parents must now also go on trial. An Italian judge today ordered Edda Mellas and Curt Knox to stand trial for libel, after they repeated in a newspaper interview Knox's claims that she was mistreated by police during her night-long interrogation after... More »

Naked Sleepwalker Wins $15M Libel Case

Dreamy award is Ireland's biggest ever

(Newser) - An executive arguing he was simply sleepwalking nude when he tried to enter his secretary's room on a business trip has won a $15 million libel judgment against his firm for portraying the incident as inappropriate. Serial sleepwalker Donal Kinsella, 67, won Ireland's biggest-ever libel case after he told a... More »

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