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Welcome to the Kelly / Warner law blog. Each week, we post reviews and analysis of recent and significant lawsuits, in addition to opinions and general legal advice related to Internet, unfair competition, marketing, business / startup, intellectual property, eSports, and defamation law. If you have a topic you'd like us to cover, send in a suggestion!

Veterinarian Defamation: Suck Sites Plague Veterinarian Practice

Veterinarian Jennifer A. Creed is dealing with some serious online reputation issues. Not only are her detractors letting their appropriation rip on social media, but they have also made “suck sites” staring Creed with the stated goal of “running her career.” What did the animal doc do to awaken such rage? Accusations of animal mistreatment … Continue reading Veterinarian Defamation: Suck Sites Plague Veterinarian Practice

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Online Defamation: First Amendment Attorney v. High-Profile Blogger

Free speech lawyer sues investigative blogger for defamation and extortion Attorney files motion citing an “ancient equitable remedy” Lawyer alleges that well-known porn star is acting as bloggers accomplice Legalities of “suck site” online defamation Legally beleaguered blogger, Crystal L. Cox, is once again in the defamation defendant hot seat. This time around, First Amendment … Continue reading Online Defamation: First Amendment Attorney v. High-Profile Blogger

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Another State Revenge Porn Law On The Way In Illinois

Looks like Illinois is the next state to get a set of revenge porn laws. What Is Revenge Porn? When hearing about revenge porn, many are confused. Essentially, a jaded or perverted ex-lover will go online and post the videos or pictures of his or her ex. When this happens, people from all over the … Continue reading Another State Revenge Porn Law On The Way In Illinois

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Internet Defamation At The Calvary Church In California?

Rev. Bob Grenier of the Visalia Calvary Church is suing his son for defamation of character. Alex Grenier, Bob’s Stepson, accused the reverend of abuse. The online libel battle between the two Mr. Greniers is not the Calvary Church group’s first headline making moment. According to the Gleanings blog on Christianity Today’s website, the group … Continue reading Internet Defamation At The Calvary Church In California?

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Is Mental Instability A Defense For Defamation?

Would you forgive someone with behavioral differences who defamed your business online? Deborah Gordon, a Michigan-based attorney, probably dissected those questions recently when deciding whether or not she would move for a psychological examination of Andrew Shirvell – a former industry colleague that is suing Gordon for slander. To be clear, so far as I … Continue reading Is Mental Instability A Defense For Defamation?

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Political Defamation Lawsuits: Is The Internet To Blame?

Last week, Kelly / Warner Law published an article about the rise of political defamation this election season. Well, the trend doesn’t seem to be slowing. This week, we have breaking defamation news out of Hawaii. Ben Cayetano, the state’s former governor who is now running for mayor of Honolulu, filed a defamation lawsuitagainst: the … Continue reading Political Defamation Lawsuits: Is The Internet To Blame?

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Punitive Damages Requested In Faculty Defamation Lawsuit

In some circles, Academics are characterized as pipe-smoking, sweater wearing elitists who drink expensive coffee and debate the benefits of socialism over classical music. But the the world of academia can actually be a cut-throat arena, reminiscent of a gladiator fight to the death. And a recent defamation lawsuit involving faculty members at Texas Tech … Continue reading Punitive Damages Requested In Faculty Defamation Lawsuit

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Court Protects 3rd-Party In Anonymous Online Defamation Case

» Michigan court ruled that defamation plaintiff cannot force deposition on public servant » Judge says emoticons worked in Internet defamation defendant’s favor » It is possible to sue for anonymous online defamation even if you only have a screename A Michigan Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s decision regarding an anonymous online defamation … Continue reading Court Protects 3rd-Party In Anonymous Online Defamation Case

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Twitter Defamation Case of the Year? Lawyers v. C. Love: The Showdown

Twitter defamation is on the docket this year, y’all. And to kick off what is sure to be 12 months filled with social media libel, one of America’s most notorious online trash talker is heading to court. That’s right — Courtney Love, for the second time, is facing Twitter defamation charges. Last time, Dawn Simorangkir … Continue reading Twitter Defamation Case of the Year? Lawyers v. C. Love: The Showdown

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A Scandelous Defamation Lawsuit For Your Reading Pleasure

Researching defamation lawsuits can lead you down some surprising paths. Take, for example, last week. I was reading about a salacious defamation settlement involving Rush Hour 2/Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon actress, Zhang Ziyi. And then, I fell upon a Chinese government scandal related to Ziyi’s libel lawsuit. And boy oh boy, it’s one of those … Continue reading A Scandelous Defamation Lawsuit For Your Reading Pleasure

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Artistic Defamation: Axl Rose Is Screeching Mad Over Art Work

Axl Rose is back in the spotlight, Chinese Democracy be damned! But this time the Guns N’ Roses front-man is not making headlines for his musical prowess. What landed ole’ Axl on the pages of the non-hallowed pages of TMZ was a defamation cease and desist letter. According to gossips, Laura London – a photographer … Continue reading Artistic Defamation: Axl Rose Is Screeching Mad Over Art Work

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A New Bill Challenges Current Libel Laws in the U.K.

In May 2012, a bill was introduced in Parliament that would radically alter the current standards that constitute libel in the U.K.The proposed reform is touted by campaigners as a long overdue improvement over the present libel laws. The campaign was spearheaded by: Index on Censorship English Pen Sense About Science Initiated by the Libel … Continue reading A New Bill Challenges Current Libel Laws in the U.K.

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