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Speech unleashed: Defamation claim against planning official dismissed (access required)

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A local planning commissioner has immunity from a defamation suit filed by a lawyer who was seeking approval for a dog rescue operation, a Virginia circuit court says. The commissioner lived less than a mile from the proposed kennel and ...

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Plaintiff sues family members over defamatory Facebook comments – $95,000 Settlement (access required)

Defendant Sherry Barlow posted allegedly defamatory statements about the plaintiff on Facebook. The plaintiff, Barlow’s cousin, had been hit in the neck by a log and seriously injured. The comments on Facebook claimed that the plaintiff was addicted to pain ...

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Doctor defamation case can go to jury (access required)

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A jury can decide whether one doctor defamed another in a clash over treatment of a patient who died after being struck by a tractor-trailer, the Supreme Court of Virginia said on Oct. 31. Dr. Bradley J. Cashion, an anesthesiologist, ...

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Mug shot publication listed wrong charges under plaintiff’s photo – $22,000 Verdict (access required)

On March 20, 2012, Shenandoah Crime Times published the plaintiff’s mug shot and alleged criminal charge, which read: “JAMES SUDDARTH, POSSESS, TRANSPORT FIREARMS BY CONVICTED FELONS X 2; DISCHARGE OF FIREARM IN OCCUPIED BUILDING; RECKLESS HANDLING OF FIREARM CPD.” The ...

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Supreme Court reverses ban on Internet criticism (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia acted swiftly last month to overturn a lower court’s takedown order directing a disgruntled consumer to remove critical online postings about a contractor. The high court vacated a Dec. 7 order from Fairfax Circuit Judge ...

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