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Defamation (Libel / Slander) in Boston

Defamation at the most basic level involves harm to a person's reputation. Defamation can take one of two forms: libel or slander. Libel refers to defamatory statements that are written or published; slander refers to defamatory statements that are said out loud.

This area of law has evolved considerably given the kind of technological advances we’ve seen the past few years. Facebook disses, comment trolling, mean Tweets, and all the other questionable things people say about each other online, usually fall under these laws.

If you feel that another person has harmed your reputation because of statements that were written or said out loud, you may be able to recover in court. A Boston Personal Injury lawyer can help you understand if you have a personal injury case.

Recently in Defamation (Libel / Slander) in Boston:

When Can Lying Lead to a Lawsuit?

Lying can be cruel, underhanded and just plain mean. And yes, it can be the subject of a lawsuit.

Alright, to be fair almost anything can be the subject of a lawsuit. You can file a lawsuit over just about any grievance, but in a lot of those cases that suit will be tossed out before you even get a chance to appear in court.

Lying, on the other hand, is a legitimate legal claim, although in court it's generally called defamation. Not all lying is defamation, but all defamation involves lying.

It's not as confusing as it sounds.

Kim Kardashian Snaps as Instagram Is Sued Over New Terms

Kim Kardashian, Instagram's most popular celebrity user, threatened to take her business from the popular photo-sharing service unless the company's "new policies are drastically revised," TMZ reported last week.

Well, Instagram soon discarded some of its new policies, just as Kim wanted. But the Instagram brouhaha has now developed into a federal lawsuit, according to Reuters.

The Instagram lawsuit is a civil suit that looks like it's seeking class certification (i.e. it's headed the class action route). It was brought in the wake of changes to Instagram's terms of service that users have to agree to.

Diane von Furstenberg Sues After Fragrance Appears at TJ Maxx

Attention fashionistas! You might have a limited time left to take advantage of this wonderful offer— before an injunction is granted and you lose this opportunity.

Have you noticed Diane von Furstenberg items at TJ Maxx and Marshalls stores? Well, they’re not supposed to be there. And soon, they might no longer be there, if Diane von Furstenberg Studio LP has its way.

Framingham based TJ Maxx is in the middle of a legal battle between designer Diane von Furstenberg and a distributor.

Robert Kraft's Audition Video Leak: Bad Enough for a Lawsuit?

You've probably already seen the audition video (there was a link here, but yes, it was taken down) of Robert Kraft with his ladyfriend Ricki Lander acting out a scene for an upcoming Vince Vaughn vehicle before it got pulled from YouTube and Vimeo. But that doesn't mean that we can't talk about it some more, right?

Recently, there has been much criticism of Kraft over the video of Kraft and Lander, because Kraft uses "offensive" language and Lander is in a bikini the whole time, according to the Boston Herald. Kraft has since apologized and stated that the video was never meant to be public.

But is it so bad that it could spawn a lawsuit?

The owner of the Grafton & Upton Railroad has filed a $20 million lawsuit against a former Upton official, accusing her of slander, the Milford Daily News reports.

Jon Delli Priscoli filed the suit in Middlesex Superior Court, claiming that former selectwoman and Board of Health candidate Marsha Paul slandered him to the media. Paul denies the allegations.

Tim Tebow Sex Bounty, Will it Lead to Defamation?

Bostonians, ever loyal to their Patriots, feel no love for the New York Jets already, so they will get a good chuckle out of the fact that the newest Jet, the ever-controversial Tim Tebow now has a sex bounty on him, reports Houston Chronicle.

A website devoted to adultery and other mature subjects has put a million dollar Tim Tebow sex bounty to the first woman that can show proof of having slept with football's good boy. Good luck, but at least you won't be competing with Kim Kardashian.

Red Sox Drinking Rumors Denied; Defamation Suit to Follow?

A report has surfaced that Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, and John Lackey all drank beer during games. The three Boston Red Sox pitchers vehemently denied the report, perhaps setting up a defamation suit.

Last week, John Lester came out and admitted to drinking beer in the team's clubhouse, presumably in games he was not pitching, reports The Boston Globe. However, a new report by WHDH-TV says that Lester and the other two pitchers drank beer in the dugout during games. This ups the ante as the report basically accuses the pitchers of drinking on the field of play.

Ric Flair Lawsuit? Threatening Suit Over Grantland Piece

Boston Sports Guy Bill Simmons only had his website Grantland up for a couple months and now wrestling legend Ric Flair is already threatening a defamation lawsuit. It's probably not that surprising that the often-controversial Simmons would subject his employer, ESPN, to a lawsuit, but what makes the potential Ric Flair lawsuit so interesting (and amusing) is that Flair is threatening suit over things Flair said himself -- in his autobiography.

Last week, Grantland put up a piece chronicling the downfall of Flair. The piece was not that flattering to the "Nature Boy" as it listed his many run-ins with the law, as well as an apparent medical condition, alcoholic cardiomyopathy, which was brought on by alcohol abuse.

Phoebe Prince Legacy: Anti-Bullying Measures In South Hadley

After the tragic suicide of Phoebe Prince hit South Hadley, more and more individuals felt that there was a need for anti-bullying measures in the small town in order to prevent another tragedy from occurring again.

The Boston Herald reports that the town's Anti-Bullying Task Force is asking citizens to take part in a community code of conduct that deals with bullying. The task force says that the code basically incorporates responsibility, courtesy, integrity and kindness.

This falls in line with a Massachusetts bill that was passed that addresses school and cyber bullying. Any Boston personal injury attorney can tell you that one of the major issues with cyber bullying is that it could possibly be digital defamation.

Uptick in Libel Cases By Judges for Boston Injury Lawyer

Howard M. Cooper, a Boston personal injury attorney who won a libel lawsuit worth $2 million for Judge Ernest B. Murphy, now says that he has seen an upswing of judges claiming libel. The Boston Globe reports that the Boston injury lawyer is now the man that judges go to when they feel like they are being defamed by media outlets over how they handle their caseloads.

According to the Boston Globe, judges felt like they could not speak out against such media outlets because of specific rules of judicial conduct that prevented them from talking about cases that currently are, or might possibly come before them. However, with media outlets possibly printing defamatory comments, judges finally feel like they have to do something because their reputations are on the line.