Defamation, Privacy & Publicity
LSKS attorneys have been involved in most of the leading media cases in the past two decades involving defamation, invasion of privacy, and rights of publicity, including the U.S. Supreme Court cases Bartnicki v. Vopper, Masson v. The New Yorker Magazine, and Harte-Hanks v. Connaughton. We have tried defamation and privacy cases in front of juries in jurisdictions throughout the country, from California to Pennsylvania, Minnesota to Florida, and Colorado to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The cases we defend arise out of news reports; new media; movies, music, and other entertainment content; books and periodicals; and radio shows, reality television programs, and other unscripted broadcasts.
The firm has been engaged at one time or another by virtually every major media company and has been appointed by the leading media insurance companies to defend scores of smaller media businesses around the country in libel, privacy, and publicity cases. As a result, every LSKS attorney is engaged daily in both trial court litigation and appellate proceedings in state and federal courts in this practice area.
As part of our national litigation practice, our attorneys have successfully defended clients against SLAPP suits – lawsuits brought by powerful plaintiffs to stifle public participation and criticism – in many states, including Arkansas, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada, New York, Oregon, and Washington, DC. And, in protecting our clients’ right to speak freely, we have persuaded courts to award attorneys’ fees to our clients under state anti-SLAPP laws.
In addition to handling litigation, we help our clients avoid it by providing pre-publication and pre-broadcast counseling. We serve as regular “newsroom” counsel to press clients, and our lawyers staff 24/7 legal hotlines for our media clients and several media trade associations. In an age when content is being published around the clock, our clients need to know they can access reliable legal advice on their deadlines, and we provide it.
To review a list of some of the noteworthy defamation, privacy, and publicity cases LSKS attorneys have litigated, please click here.
Recent News About LSKS's Defamation, Privacy & Publicity Practice
- Court Dismisses Defamation Claim Against Denver Newspaper
- Pennsylvania Court Rejects Claims Against TV Station
- New York’s Highest Court Affirms Dismissal In Defamation Case