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What’s in a public figure?

Cayley Olivier, Pepperdine student When looking at the dictionary definition of a public figure in the realm of United States law, the definition includes politicians, celebrities, or business leaders who hold some sort of influence over others. That realm includes everyone from President Trump to Kylie Jenner's lips. However, with brands now using micro-influencers, to target their consumers even more ‘organically’ it does beg us to ask the question of what it really means to be a public figure?

If you have ever been on an Instagram explore page,…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Oct 30, 2017

Margarita Monday Woes

Madison Harwell, Pepperdine studentWhile the situation is unfortunate and the typical reaction is to get justice by suing your potential employers at PeR, LMYou, and maybe even the aggregator Dine magazine – That claim is unfound referring to the ruling of Neiman Marcus v. Lait and Weinstein v. Bullick. While there is a cause of action because I’m hypothetically a member of a small class being the student organization abbreviated PEP, their reasoning in not hiring me after the interview stage is found and not a discrimination based on…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , First Amendment , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Oct 25, 2017

Who has the liability in libel?

Kristin Vartan, Pepperdine studentThe 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…

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

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