Factbox-Palin case one of many that could lower US bar for defamation claims By Reuters


© Reuters. Sarah Palin, 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate and former governor of Alaska, speaks to media as she leaves court during her defamation lawsuit against the New York Times, at the United States Courthouse in the New York City District


By Daniel Wiessner

(Reuters) – After losing in court on Tuesday, Republican Sarah Palin signaled that she could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court with her libel suit against the New York Times, one of several cases that “really malice” of 1964 could challenge. legal standard for public figures to prove defamation.

Here are some of the others:


The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to challenge the actual malice test in a Florida megachurch lawsuit alleging it was falsely labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center legal advocacy group. The church, Coral Ridge Ministries, is backed by statements from a number of religious and conservative groups claiming that the high bar of proving defamation allegations has given the media a license to print lies.


Devin Nunes, a former Republican US congressman from California, is filing a lawsuit alleging that journalist Ryan Lizza defamed him in an Esquire article stating that Nunes’ family illegally employed immigrants in the United States on an Iowa dairy farm . The St. Louis 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals revived the case last year and found that Lizza may have actually been malicious by posting a Twitter link (NYSE:) to the article months after it was published, and after Nunes had filed a lawsuit.


Dominion Voting Systems is seeking $1.6 billion in a defamation lawsuit accusing Fox News of reinforcing false conspiracy theories about its role in the 2020 presidential election. Fox has denied the claims. A judge in Delaware rejected the network’s motion to dismiss the voting machine company’s case in December.


The right-wing group Project Veritas is suing the New York Times for calling videos the group made about alleged voter fraud “deceptive.” The Times also claimed that Project Veritas has a history of producing misleading and selectively edited videos on controversial topics. A New York state appeals court on Feb. 10 said the newspaper may publish excerpts from Project Veritas’ internal memos, while the Times’ appeal against a judge’s order to publish them is pending.


An Atlanta jury awarded rapper Cardi B nearly $4 million in January for allegations that a celebrity blogger had posted dozens of videos making false claims about her, including that she had cheated on her husband and previously worked as a prostitute. The blogger, Tasha K, had argued that she believed the claims about Cardi B were true and had not acted maliciously by reporting them. Tasha K’s lawyers have said they will appeal the ruling.

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