Digital Age: Twibel

The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the New York Times vs. Sullivan, a case that has set the precedent for future libel cases in the United States. However, technology has developed significantly over the past 50 years, and social media sites have become a normal part of everyday life. Twitter, a social media…

Digital age: The global approach

Let’s talk about libel, specifically international libel. Black’s Law Dictionary defines libel as a: “Defamatory statement published through any manner or media. If intended to simply bring contempt, disrespect, hatred, or ridicule to a person or entity it is likely a civil breach of law. However, if it causes mayhem or breach of peace, it…

Digital Age: When libel and Facebook collide

Many people do not fully understand how dangerous and legally harmful posting the wrong picture or saying a rude status can be. With our actions on Facebook, we are all susceptible to legal issues if we are not fully aware of the laws and rules in our country and on Facebook (along with other social…

Common law: The cases that led to Sullivan

New York Times vs. Sullivan (1964) is considered a defamation case, although other issues of the law were also taken into consideration during the decision making. Defamation is defined as false communication that is harmful to reputation. The reason why this was a unique case was that for the first time the respondent, in this…

Common Law: The immediate impact of the Sullivan decision

Laws are always changing and developing, however there are a handful of court cases throughout history that have proven to be particularly significant in this process.  Times v. Sullivan was pivotal in determining how the court looked at defamation cases. This court case created the test of actual malice, which provides a stricter standard for…