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Jury’s Duty in Depp-Heard Trial Doesn’t Track Public Debate

A seven-person civil jury in Virginia will resume deliberations Tuesday in Johnny Depp’s libel trial against Amber Heard. What the jury considers will be very different from the public debate that has engulfed the high-profile proceedings. For six weeks, testimony …

Ford to Pay States $19.2 Million Over False Advertising Claims

Ford Motor Co. will pay $19.2 million to resolve allegations it falsely advertised real-world fuel economy and payload capacity for some hybrids and pickup trucks, the Iowa Attorney General’s Office said on Tuesday. The multi-state settlement covers 2013–2014 C-Max hybrids …

Intuit to Pay $141 Million to Settle TurboTax Deception Claims

Intuit Inc agreed to pay $141 million in restitution to settle claims by all 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., that it tricked millions of customers into buying online TurboTax products that the company deceptively advertised as “free.” Wednesday’s settlement …

Maine Jury Sides With Newspaper Over Police Officer Defamation Case

A Maine jury has sided with a media company in a lawsuit over newspaper stories about sex abuse allegations involving a former police captain. The case stemmed from articles that were published in the Biddeford-Saco-Old Orchard Beach Courier seven years …

Fox News Appeals Defamation Ruling Over Election Claims, Countersues Smartmatic

Fox News on Thursday appealed a judge’s decision to let voting systems company Smartmatic pursue a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit alleging that the network falsely accused it of rigging the 2020 U.S. presidential election against incumbent Donald Trump. The network, …

Sarah Palin, New York Times Editor Take the Stand in Defamation Trial

Sarah Palin portrayed herself as a dedicated public servant in testimony in her defamation case against the New York Times, after a former editor who oversaw the 2017 editorial underlying her lawsuit on Wednesday denied trying to blame the prominent …

‘Zoombombing’ Costs Zoom $85 Million Privacy Settlement

Zoom Video Communications Inc. agreed to pay $85 million and bolster its security practices to settle a lawsuit claiming it violated users’ privacy rights by sharing personal data with Facebook, Google and LinkedIn, and letting hackers disrupt Zoom meetings in …

Supreme Court Passes on Media Liability Protection Case as 2 Justices Balk

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday turned away a case challenging libel protections for journalists and media organizations, but conservative justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch disagreed with the action and questioned such protections enshrined in a landmark 1964 ruling. …

Scale Underwriting Introduces Social Media Influencer Liability

Scale Underwriting, a Founder Shield company that provides tailored insurance products for high-growth companies, has launched Scale Social, a media liability insurance policy for social media influencers and their agencies. Scale Social provides US-based influencers and agencies, particularly those with …

Attorney Dershowitz Files $80 Million Defamation Suit Against Netflix

Attorney and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz is suing Netflix for $80 million over his portrayal in the streaming service’s “Filthy Rich” series about sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Miami federal court, contends that Netflix intentionally …