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Abigail joins the Firm

Abigail is the currently the Client Relation Coordinator and Assistant to the Managing Partner.  Abigail recently graduated Cum Laude at Pepperdine University where she received her B.A. in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Writing and Rhetoric and a minor in Philosophy.  While at Pepperdine she was the Assistant Editor for the Perspectives section of the college newspaper, the Pepperdine Graphic.  She also was a member of the Alpha Phi fraternity, and she co-wrote and directed hers, and three other Greek organizations, participation in Song Fest, a mini-musical competition.  Abigail…

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  • The Firm
  • May 23, 2017

“A Private Life is a Happy Life”

Because private individuals generally choose to stay out of the public sphere, they are naturally afforded greater privacy under defamation law. While public figures must prove that a publisher of a defamatory statement acted with actual malice, private individuals must only demonstrate that the publisher acted negligently in publishing the statement.

The Supreme Court established the negligence standard for defamatory statements regarding private individuals in the 1968 case of Gertz v. Welch.

After Chicago police officer Robert Nuccio shot and killed a youth named Nelson, the boy’s family hired…

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  • Defamation
  • May 16, 2017

It’s Not All Fun and Games

Not all individuals are treated equally under defamation law. Public figures like celebrities, business moguls, and public officials are more often in the public consciousness, and members of the press generally have more leeway when covering them. Public figures also have a greater ability to defend themselves in the public arena because of their access to media outlets, and thus are not extended the same rights granted to private individuals.

In 1960, the landmark defamation case New York Times v. Sullivan set the precedent for libel requirements concerning public…

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  • Defamation
  • May 10, 2017

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