More than a year ago Ahmed Mohamed — later derisively known as "Clock Boy" — had a run-in with Texas school administrators and law enforcement. Your preconceptions may have driven your reaction. Was he a victim of insipid if-you-see-something-say-something culture, as my preconceptions suggested? Or was he part of a public relations stunt designed to […]
More than four years ago climate scientist Michael Mann sued the National Review, Mark Steyn, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and Rand Simberg for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, complaining that they wrongfully suggested he used fraudulent methods in framing his much-discussed "hockey stick graph" purporting to show an increase in global warming. Mann […]
For the last few years I've had the privilege of acting as pro bono counsel for Patrick Frey, who blogs as Patterico, in defense of a thoroughly frivolous federal case filed to censor his speech. That's given me the invaluable opportunity of working with the redoubtable Ron Coleman as co-counsel both in the district court […]
A couple of weeks ago I discussed a lawsuit filed by StemExpress — a broker of fetal tissue — against the Center for Medical Progress, the group at the heart of the ongoing video-based criticism of Planned Parenthood. I noted that a judge of the L.A. County Superior Court had issues a temporary restraining order […]
There was an episode of the 1990s sitcom Murphy Brown in which Murphy, played by Candace Bergen, appeared on kid's TV show to soften her image. The show features Muppets; it's a transparent stand-in for Sesame Street. Murphy, true to type, loses her temper and punches one of the Muppets, eventually ripping its head from […]
Spanish-language network Univision has cancelled its telecast of the Miss America pageant in the wake of Donald Trump's characterization of Mexicans, and Trump has now sued Univision in response. The lawsuit, filed in state court in New York, is here. I won't opine on Trump's contract-related claims without reading his agreement with Univision. But Trump […]
Long-time readers may recall that, together with Ron Coleman, I'm pro bono counsel to Patrick Frey, who blogs as Patterico. Patrick was targeted with a thoroughly vexatious lawsuit attacking his blogging. Ron and I won the case in the trial court, securing the dismissal of plaintiff Nadia Naffe's federal and state claims. Today the Ninth […]
The Supreme Court of the State of Washington has ruled that the state's strong anti-SLAPP statute is unconstitutional, violating the right to jury trial enshrined in Washington's state constitution. Here's why, and what it means.
Last week, two members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the SPEAK FREE Act of 2015, an effort at a federal anti-SLAPP act.
Paul Alan Levy reports that the D.C. Circuit has applied the refinement reflected in Shady Grove of the Erie doctrine to preclude application of state anti-SLAPP laws to cases where jurisdiction is premised on diversity of citizenship. Wait, what? I was perfectly clear. That was literally gibberish. Fine. Fine. I'll explain. Will that make you […]