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Newspaper defamed school principal and his son, jury finds – $3,000,000 Verdict (access required)

On Dec. 18, 2009, The Virginian-Pilot published a news article, authored by Louis Hansen, about Phillip Webb, a public school assistant principal, and his son, a student in the same school system. Plaintiff alleged the defendant newspaper falsely implied that ...

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Couple wins defamation suit against WAVY – $1,200,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiffs Jack and Annabelle Walsh, a married couple, brought a defamation action against WAVY Broadcasting LLC and its parent company, LIN Television Corp.; the defendants operate television channel WAVY-10 and a television program called “10 On Your Side.” Plaintiffs are ...

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Former HOA president’s emails were defamatory – $9,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff Sondra Cornwell filed a defamation per se case, alleging that she was defamed by four emails written and published by defendant James Ruggieri. The emails alleged that Cornwell had stolen homeowner association (HOA) funds five years earlier. Ruggieri was ...

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Gloucester prosecutor apologizes to supervisors, won’t seek reelection

Gloucester County Commonwealth’s Attorney Bob Hicks issued a formal apology today to four current or former county supervisors who have sued him for libel. Hicks also announced that he will not seek reelection to a post that he has held ...

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No defamation claim from draft legal complaint (access required)

A lawyer who said he was defamed by a draft legal complaint that described him as “an unethical lawyer and a racist” cannot sue for defamation, says a Fairfax Circuit Court. Claims made in a lawsuit generally are protected under ...

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Former sanitation district employees say general manager defamed them – $155,000 Settlement (access required)

Two former employees of the Hampton Roads Sanitation District alleged that they were defamed by statements the general manger of the district made to the media after disclosure that a new computer system had resulted in artificially high bills in ...

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