When is humor outrageous enough to appear unreasonable? And how does that affect a statement’s defamatory nature? In this post we’ll look into these questions, the nature of defamatory opinions, and a few cases that demonstrate recent changes in media and defamation law the Digital Age.
1988 – Defamation Via Parody (Hustler Magazine v. Falwell)
In Hustler Magazine v. Falwell, the Supreme Court ruled that a parody advertisement claiming Jerry Falwell had engaged in an incestuous act with his mother in an outhouse, while false (and deeply disturbing), could not allow Falwell to win damages for emotional distress. Falwell was…read more >