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Skip the suit… hire a PR firm instead

Marcy Channon, Pepperdine studentIn the 1953 case Neiman Marcus v. Lait, Lait and other authors of U.S.A. Confidential published defamatory stories about three general groups of people (models, salesmen, and saleswomen) working at Neiman Marcus at that time. The authors did not specifically say names of employees but shared incriminating stories about groups of employees working in the sex industry. The case was brought to suit and the decision was ultimately settled that Neiman Marcus did not have a viable case because a group of individuals cannot bring a…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Oct 18, 2017

Sue for Defamation!: a response to a hypothetical

Megan Dell'Amico, Pepperdine studentAfter my friend tweets some racist and sexual things about the restaurant staff on our PEP twitter account, creating a bad name for PEP as racist and sexist bigots, I would sue. The idea that one person, specifically in charge on the twitter account, is the sole reason for these new accusations of the PEP student organization resulting in me losing me losing my job and backup offer job, I would take the action towards PEP, the student organization.

 In the case of Neiman-Marcus v. Lait,…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Oct 17, 2017

Language evolves… now with emojis?

Madison Harwell, Pepperdine studentEmoticons are a product of technology that has ingrained itself in our society. These harmless electronic pictures have extended our language in surprising and mysterious ways. In Cohen v. California, the United States Supreme Court overturned the conviction against Paul Robert Cohen in 1971 for allegedly disturbing the peace in courthouse displaying the phrase “F--- the Draft” on his jacket. The Court ruled that because it didn’t constitute an incitement to violence or offense directly at a particular person it was permissible and he was unjustly…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Oct 16, 2017

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