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Defamation case exposes social media controversy


A Massachusetts judge’s refusal to issue an injunction in a suit involving a car dealership allegedly defamed by the relatives of an ex-employee demonstrates the struggle for courts that are asked to strike a balance between the First Amendment and ...

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Former principal wins, then loses, $155.7 million verdict

The former principal of a successful charter school has won a disputed $155.7 million verdict against the city manager for destroying her reputation. However, the plaintiff lost her courtroom victory three days after the verdict when the trial judge erased the entire award, finding that the manager who fired her was entitled to absolute immunity.

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Federal defamation trial results in $4.5 million verdict

On one side, Christopher Armstrong, an openly gay former University of Michigan student body president, claimed that a series of blog attacks and stalking incidents from a then-assistant attorney general was defamatory, and constituted invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. On the other side, defendant Andrew Shirvell, who represented himself, maintained he was within his First Amendment rights to say what he did about Armstrong’s supposed “radical homosexual agenda.” A federal court jury found that Shirvell was wrong and his actions were enough to merit $4.5 million in damages.

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