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Wave of Sex Abuse Lawsuits Seen as New York Opens Door for Victims

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sexual assault victims in New York will get a one-time opportunity to sue over their abuse starting Thursday, under a new law expected to bring a wave of allegations against prison guards, middle managers, doctors and …

Epstein Victim Drops Claim Against Attorney Alan Dershowitz

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who recently settled a lawsuit in which she had claimed to have been sexually trafficked to Britain’s Prince Andrew and others by the financier Jeffrey Epstein has dropped a similar claim against noted American …

Alex Jones Must Pay $965 Million for His Sandy Hook Lies

Alex Jones must pay $965 million in damages to families and an FBI agent ravaged by the Infowars founder’s lie that the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was a hoax, a Connecticut jury found. Wednesday’s verdict, which followed a four-week …

Attorney Loses Appeal in Defamation Suit Over School Mascot

Delaware’s Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the dismissal of a defamation lawuit filed by a Delaware attorney who was forced to resign from his law firm after defending a Pennsylvania high school’s American Indian mascot. Scott Cousins, a Pennsylvania resident …

Bankruptcy Judge Clears Way for Defamation Case in Connecticut Against Alex Jones

A federal bankruptcy judge on Monday cleared the way for a defamation lawsuit in Connecticut to proceed against Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The case was filed by relatives of some victims of the 2012 massacre at Sandy …

Amber Heard’s Insurer Argues No Coverage Owed for ‘Willful’ Defamation of Depp

An insurance carrier that issued a $1 million comprehensive liability policy to actress Amber Heard has filed a lawsuit seeking a declaratory judgment that it is not liable for paying any part of a $10,350,000 jury award against her in …

Billionaire Sues Rape Accuser and Law Firm, Alleging Defamation and Racketeering

NEW YORK — Billionaire investor Leon Black has escalated his battle against a former model who accused him of rape, filing a lawsuit on Thursday accusing her and her law firm of defamation and racketeering conspiracy. In the complaint, lawyers …

Restaurateur Whose Business Was Raided by Sheriff Gets $5M

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County officials approved a settlement Wednesday with a restaurant owner in metro Phoenix who claimed in a lawsuit that then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office had defamed him and violated his rights about seven years ago when investigating …

Conservative News Outlets, Facing Defamation Lawsuits, Air Disclaimers

Businessman Mike Lindell appeared on the cable network Newsmax last month and launched into a baseless conspiracy theory blaming a voting machine company for fraud in the 2020 presidential election. After muting Lindell’s microphone, a Newsmax anchor told viewers that …

Defamation Costs Allstate $4M, Even After Court Erases Wrongful Termination Verdict

Allstate Insurance Co. was within its rights to fire Michael A. Tilkey from his $200,000-a-year job as a broker after he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a California appellate court ruled Monday. On the other hand, the carrier’s decision to …