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Rebel Wilson's Defamation Payout Reduced to a Fraction

Appeals court throws out damages from lost film roles

(Newser) - So much for the record $3.6 million libel payout in Rebel Wilson's successful defamation case against Bauer Media. The publisher of Australia's Woman's Day magazine successfully appealed Thursday to have the damages reduced to about $450,000, arguing Wilson failed to prove she'd lost out... More »

Stormy Daniels Sues Trump Again

This time she's suing for defamation

(Newser) - After Stormy Daniels shared a forensic sketch of a man she says threatened her in 2011 and warned her not to discuss her alleged affair with now-President Trump, Trump tweeted that it was just "a sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake... More »

InfoWars Article on Parkland Put Man 'in Genuine Peril': Suit

24-year-old Massachusetts man suing Alex Jones, website for $1M

(Newser) - Nearly seven weeks after a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, one young man believes his life "remains in genuine peril"—but not from guns. Marcel Fontaine of Massachusetts has filed a $1 million defamation lawsuit against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his InfoWars... More »

Ex-Fox Anchor Sues O'Reilly Over 'Smear Campaign'

Lawsuit accuses former host of defamation

(Newser) - A former Fox News anchor is suing Bill O'Reilly for defamation. Former anchor Laurie Dhue filed the lawsuit Thursday in Manhattan federal court. It claims O'Reilly engaged in a "smear campaign" against her and other women who accused him of sexual misconduct, the AP reports. The suit... More »

A Facebook Post About Her Ex Got Her Arrested

Anne King's former husband happens to be a sheriff's deputy

(Newser) - It all started with a Georgia woman griping about her ex-husband. He apparently told her he wouldn't pick up the medicine her sick son needed, and Anne King vented about it on her private Facebook page, writing, "Feeling overwhelmed. That moment when everyone in your house has the... More »

Vengeful Bride Ordered to Pay $90K for Ruining Business

Emily Liao attacked company online after photo dispute

(Newser) - A wedding photographer whose business was ruined by one of the most vengeful brides since Kill Bill has been awarded almost $90,000 in damages. A judge in Canada decided that bride Emily Liao was motivated by malice when she launched a furious online campaign against company Amara Wedding and... More »

Comedian's Husband Sues After She Mentions Him in Show

She says he's trying to silence her

(Newser) - The future of comedy could depend on how much of a sense of humor British judges have when dealing with an unusual defamation lawsuit, legal experts say. Comedian Louise Beaumont says her estranged husband is suing her for mentioning him in her stand-up show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last... More »

She Says Roy Moore Molested Her. Now She's Suing

Moore accuser sues former Senate candidate, campaign for defamation

(Newser) - Fresh off watching his opponent sworn in as a US senator , Alabama's Roy Moore was sued for defamation Thursday by a woman who says he molested her when she was 14 and he was 32, AL.com reports. Leigh Corfman is suing Moore and his campaign for "repeatedly... More »

Women Who Settled With O'Reilly 'Tired of Being Smeared'

2 former Fox News employees suing O'Reilly for defamation

(Newser) - Two women who previously settled sexual harassment claims against Bill O'Reilly are now suing the former Fox News host for defamation, the New York Times reports. Former Fox News employees Andrea Mackris and Rebecca Gomez Diamond have joined the defamation suit filed against O'Reilly and Fox News earlier... More »

6 Years On, Casey Anthony's Legal Woes Continue

She files motion to dismiss defamation suit against her

(Newser) - It's been more than six years since Casey Anthony was acquitted , but as WKMG reports, the legal saga surrounding daughter Caylee Anthony's death hasn't ended for her. Anthony this week filed a motion in a bid to get former Orange County, Fla., meter reader Roy Kronk's... More »

Bill O'Reilly Settled With Her. Now She's Suing

Rachel Witlieb Bernstein claims he, Fox News didn't stick to terms of settlement

(Newser) - Bill O'Reilly settled with six women over harassment allegations, and one of them says she hasn't said a word—until now. As the New York Times explains, these types of settlements typically include iron-clad confidentiality and nondisparagement clauses. Rachel Witlieb Bernstein says it was O'Reilly who didn'... More »

ACLU Blasts Taylor Swift's Attempt to Silence Critic

'Shake it off,' group says after lawsuit threat

(Newser) - A Sept. 5 blog post on PopFront took Taylor Swift to task for not taking a stand against the white supremacists twisting her music to promote their cause, noting her silence was akin to support. Swift's response has only drawn more reproach. In what an ACLU lawyer calls "... More »

Woman's Defamation Suit Could Be Trouble for Trump

It could result in women who accused him of harassment being deposed

(Newser) - A defamation suit currently unwinding in New York state court could raise anew a slew of sexual harassment complaints made against Donald Trump. On its face, the suit brought by Summer Zervos accuses Trump only of defamation because he dismissed her allegations of sexual misconduct against him as lies. Zervos,... More »

Rebel Wilson Has 3.6M Reasons to Smile

She just won the biggest defamation payout ever in Australia

(Newser) - Rebel Wilson previously said she didn't care about the damages so much as the verdict in her successful defamation case against Bauer Media. She might care now. A Victorian Supreme Court justice has determined that Bauer, publisher of Australia's Woman's Day magazine, owes the actress $3.6... More »

Judge Tosses Palin's Suit Against New York Times

Says errors were negligent, but not defamatory

(Newser) - A federal judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin brought against the New York Times over an editorial, the AP reports. Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said Tuesday there were a few factual inaccuracies somewhat pertaining to Palin that were rapidly corrected . He says... More »

Fox Host Sues Reporter for $50M Over Dirty Pic Claim

He refers to 'false smear attacks' in tweet

(Newser) - Suspended Fox News host Eric Bolling is hitting back against allegations he sent an unsolicited photo of a penis to female colleagues. On Wednesday, Bolling filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against reporter Yashar Ali, whose Huffington Post story cited 14 sources as confirming the photo was sent by Bolling... More »

Couple Ordered to Pay Wedding Photographer $1M

Texas wedding photographer wins defamation lawsuit

(Newser) - A Texas wedding photographer says her business dropped from 75 to 100 bookings a year to just two after a newlywed couple trashed her online and on TV, the Dallas Morning News reports. On Friday, a jury ordered the couple to pay Andrea Polito $1.08 million. Andrew and Neely... More »

Sarah Palin Is Suing the New York Times

Former Alaska governor says paper defamed her by linking her to Gabby Giffords shooting

(Newser) - Sarah Palin "took a stand" this week against the New York Times in a lawsuit claiming defamation. CNNMoney reports that the former Alaska governor filed her complaint, which seeks upward of $75,000 in damages, against the Times on Tuesday for an editorial it published right after the shooting... More »

Rebel Wilson Wins in Tabloid Defamation Suit

Publisher allowed 8 false articles to be printed

(Newser) - Rebel Wilson has emerged victorious in her fight against Bauer Media. After two days of deliberation, a six-person jury ruled the Australian actress the winner of her defamation suit against the Australian publisher, which printed eight articles in 2015 falsely claiming she had lied about much of her life story... More »

ABC News Goes to Court in 'Pink Slime' Defamation Case

Investigative report could cost media outlet $6B if found guilty

(Newser) - In what could be the largest defamation suit in US history, Beef Products Inc. (BPI) is having its day in court after claiming the company lost revenue over an ABC News investigative report that described its product as “pink slime.” The Wall Street Journal reports that a 12-person... More »

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