WORKPLACE DEFAMATION IN CALIFORNIA – One in An Occasional Series

In Los Angeles and San Diego, Can an Employee, Dismissed for Reasons Allegedly False and Defamatory, Who Republishes the Defamatory Statements to Others, Maintain an Action Against the Former Employer. It was the law for many years that a company could not commit defamation merely by repeating slanderous or libelous statements strictly within the organization. The idea was a corporate …

Does Deletion of a Word in an Allegedly Libelous Internet Post Constitute Republication in San Diego and Los Angeles?

When is a change in an internet blog post or content considered republication in San Diego or Los Angeles?  Defendants in libel cases may view with interest a legal tactic that raises an issue of first-impression (never decided) in California. In the case, the plaintiff sued the defendant over an alleged, three-year old libel in an online business review. Because …

Related to Defamation: Intrusion – Invasion of Privacy – in California

California defines intrusion as (1), intrusion into a private place, conversation, or matter, (2), in a manner highly offensive to a reasonable person. A defendant can defeat an intrusion claim if the plaintiff does not show the defendant penetrated some zone of physical or sensory privacy surrounding the plaintiff – or obtained unwanted access to data about the plaintiff. The …

What Constitutes Defamation in San Diego?

What constitutes defamation in San Diego and what can you do if someone has harmed your reputation or business through slander or libel?  Generally speaking, defamation occurs when a false or untrue written or spoken statement damages your personal reputation or your business.  When a person suffers disparagement or the defamation of their character they usually are forced to endure …

In Los Angeles and San Diego, Is Discovery of an Anonymous Internet Poster’s Identity for Potential Libel Protected by California’s Constitution?

In an action for copyright infringement of music recordings, an anonymous online poster asserted, through an online music site, the defendant routinely uploaded music to its servers, where it was stored and sold to third party users, and remained despite artists or music labels complaining of infringement. The defendant subpoenaed the online music site for the name of the anonymous …