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Who has the liability in libel?

The written word is powerful because when it is printed and distributed to the masses, becomes informative to the present and a historical text in the future. This is the case in Neiman Marcus v. Lait when the authors of U.S.A. Confidential publish sexually incriminating content about the Dallas Neiman Marcus employees. In the hypothetical situation of PEP’s publications on Twitter and Dine’s republication in their magazine, the libel is much more impactful. This is because back in 1952 when the Neiman Marcus v. Lait case took place, the…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Oct 24, 2017

Neiman Marcus v. Lait sheds light

This scenario [described below the line] would be almost a complete reflection of the Neiman Marcus v. Lait case in the sense that within both cases, some slander was written about both Neiman Marcus employees as well as the employees of PEP. Within the Neiman Marcus v Lait case, the Plaintiffs (employees) acted out by suing in three groups; each offended and defamed by the words written about them in the U.S.A. confidential. They did this because it is a lot easier to prove that they were damaged because…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Oct 19, 2017

Skip the suit… hire a PR firm instead

In 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 libel claim to…

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

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