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Insurance Company Wants Out of Delaware Child Porn Defamation Suit

A federal judge has ruled that an insurance company is obligated to defend the ex-wife of serial political candidate Richard Korn in a defamation lawsuit he filed against her. Liberty Mutual argued that a homeowner’s policy it issued to Magda …

Jury Awards $27M to Four Fired Allstate Employees in Illinois

A federal jury has awarded more than $27 million to four former Allstate employees who sued the insurer for defamation. The Chicago Tribune reported the employees worked for a now-defunct equity division of the Northbrook, Illinois-based company. According to court …

Defamation Claims From Vegas Hospital Over Tuberculosis Case

A Las Vegas hospital is accusing a Nevada personal injury lawyer of defaming it with comments during a May news conference about a lawsuit stemming from a tuberculosis outbreak last year. Summerlin Hospital Medical Center accused attorney Robert Cottle in …

Arbitrator Rejects Defamation Claim in ‘Queen of Versailles’ Case

An arbitrator says the documentary film “Queen of Versailles” didn’t defame timeshare mogul David Siegel’s company. The arbitrator also ruled that Siegel’s company, Westgate Resorts, must pay $750,000 toward filmmaker Lauren Greenfield’s legal fees. Westgate sued Greenfield in 2012 alleging …

Court to Hear Iowa Workers’ Comp Commissioner’s Defamation Lawsuit

The Iowa Supreme Court has set a date to hear arguments in a lawsuit filed by the state’s workers’ compensation commissioner against Gov. Terry Branstad. Justices say they’ll hear attorney arguments at 7 p.m. March 4 in the Supreme Court …

San Francisco Firefighter Alleges Defamation Over Asiana Crash

A San Francisco firefighter has filed a legal claim alleging fire officials falsely identified her to the media as the person responsible for killing a 16-year-old survivor of the Asiana Airlines crash, a newspaper reported. Fire officials wanted to protect …

South Carolina Man Must Pay $75K for Defamation for Forwarding Email

A North Charleston man has been ordered to pay $75,000 to best-selling author Fern Michaels for defamation. The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported that Craig Dilley must pay for forwarding a defamatory email to a website that promoted Michaels and other …

True-Crime Writer Ann Rule Sues Washington Newspaper

True-crime author Ann Rule is suing a weekly Seattle newspaper, saying she was defamed in 2011 when the fiance of a convicted killer wrote a lengthy article accusing her of “sloppy storytelling.” The lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court …

Cheerleader Wins Defamation Lawsuit Against Gossip Website

A gossip website operator who lost a defamation lawsuit brought by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader plans to appeal, and some First Amendment lawyers warn the verdict could adversely affect other websites. A federal court jury in Covington, Ky., awarded …

South Carolina Supreme Court Overturns ‘Tony Soprano’ Verdicts

South Carolina’s high court has overturned $11 million in verdicts against a Charleston attorney accused of defaming businessmen by comparing them to television mobster Tony Soprano. The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that the state Supreme Court sent a …