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Sep 29, 2023

Judge dismisses state lawmaker’s defamation suit

OMAHA, Neb. — A judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by a Nebraska lawmaker against a conservative political action committee that labeled her a child “groomer” and sexual abuser in online posts, citing the constitutional right to free speech. State Sen. Megan Hunt sued the Nebraska Freedom Coalition and three of its officers after they […]

Aug 31, 2023

Judge orders Giuliani to pay fees in defamation case

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday held Rudy Giuliani liable in a defamation lawsuit brought by two Georgia election workers who say they were falsely accused of fraud, entering a default judgment against the former New York City mayor and ordering him to pay tens of thousands of dollars in lawyers’ fees. U.S. District […]

Jul 31, 2023

Judge dismisses Trump lawsuit against CNN

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit Donald Trump filed against CNN in which the former U.S. president claimed that references in news articles or by the network’s hosts to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election as “the Big Lie” were tantamount to comparing him to Adolf Hitler. Trump had been seeking punitive damages […]

Jul 26, 2023

Bundy ordered to pay $50M-plus in defamation case

A far-right activist who led the takeover of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, an associate and three of their groups must pay over $50 million in damages after a hospital in Idaho won a defamation lawsuit against them. The lawsuit by St. Luke’s Regional Health accused Ammon Bundy and Diego Rodriguez of making defamatory […]

Jun 13, 2023

Defamation suit against competitor over false claims, $2.5M settlement

Action: Defamation Injuries alleged: Damage to reputation and character; loss of value and business in the industry Case name: Withheld Court/case no.: Withheld Jury and/or judge: Withheld Amount: $2.5 million Date: May 17, 2023 Attorneys: Barrett R. Brewer of Brewer Law Firm, Mount Pleasant, and Edward L. Phipps of Phipps Firm, Charleston (for the plaintiffs) […]

Feb 21, 2022

Bluffton mayor awarded $50M in defamation claim 

Beaufort County jury has awarded $50 million to the mayor of Bluffton after finding that she had been defamed for years by an outspoken critic of local government officials.  On Feb. 3, the jury ordered Calvin “Skip” Hoagland to pay $40 million in actual damages and $10 million in punitive damages. Mayor Lisa Sulka alleged […]

Feb 7, 2022

Jury awards $50 million to SC mayor in defamation lawsuit

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A jury in South Carolina awarded $50 million in damages to a mayor in a defamation case against a longtime critic. The Beaufort County jury decided Thursday that Skip Hoagland has to pay Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka $40 million in actual damages and $10 million in punitive damages, The […]

Nov 16, 2021

Judge awards $32.4M in RICO, defamation case 

  A man who alleges that he was extorted and defamed by a Slovak businessman has been awarded $32.4 million default judgment by a federal judge who found the businessman liable on two counts of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act and one count of defamation.  The plaintiff, Zdenek Bakala, is a dual citizen […]

Sep 7, 2021

High-profile high school football coach was public figure 

  A jury verdict in favor of a former high school football coach and athletic director who sued his former employer for defamation has been reversed by the South Carolina Court of Appeals, which unanimously ruled that the coach was a public official.   As such, the coach had the burden of proving that the district […]

Jul 21, 2021

Man sues police for defamation after charges dropped

By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man whose charges were dropped after police body camera footage showed he did not fight an officer who attacked him is suing the city of Rock Hill and U.S Rep. Ralph Norman for defamation. Travis Price worked second shift at a chemical plant […]

Nov 4, 2020

Attorney, couple to share $2M settlement from defamation suit

  A Charleston County couple and a Charleston divorce attorney will share a $2 million settlement after resolving a defamation claim against a man who allegedly placed defamatory signs about them around the city during contentious divorce proceedings with his wife, their attorneys report. Barrett Brewer of Mt. Pleasant, Chris Staubes of Mt. Pleasant, and […]

Dec 4, 2019

Father’s $1 verdicts for false sex abuse allegations upheld

  A South Carolina federal judge has denied a request to set aside a verdict in which a jury concluded that two daughters had falsely accused their father of sexually abusing them and awarded the father nominal $1 verdicts against his daughters. David Kozel was acquitted of all criminal charges stemming from his daughters’ allegations […]

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