Our attorneys’ experience litigating defamation, libel, slander, privacy and First Amendment cases includes:
Representing an on-line news tabloid
Defending an on-line celebrity news tabloid regarding statements published about a reality TV show participant and obtaining an award of attorneys’ fees as a sanction following the dismissal of the lawsuit with prejudice.
Representing a professional athlete
Representing a professional athlete in trial, appellate, and state supreme courts against a radio “shock jock”, his on-air side-kick, and the station owner for false on-air statements, resulting in an optimal settlement shortly prior to trial
Defending a not-for-profit corporation
Defending multiple cases filed against a not-for-profit corporation for statements published in a book about Chicago street gangs, resulting in the dismissal of defamation per se and negligent infliction of emotional distress claims with prejudice.
Representing a content provider
Successful defense of client through jury verdict against a sattelite television content distributor’s $21 million defamation claim against a content provider.
Defending a local union officer
Defending a local union officer’s union election campaign speech critical of a political rival, resulting in the dismissal of the case with prejudice.
Representation of private citizens & businesses
Representation of private citizens and businesses in First Amendment challenges to municipal ordinances restricting commercial speech and political speech.
Defending a law firm
Defending a law firm in state trial and appellate courts regarding media statements that a U.S. Senator’s campaign treasurer was “fired for incompetence.” The case was dismissed with prejudice and the dismissal was affirmed on appeal.
Representing a prominent criminal defense attorney
Representing a prominent criminal defense attorney in trial, appellate and state supreme courts where a nationally distributed book published that he paid bribes to “fix” and “handle” criminal cases.
Obtaining a jury verdict
Obtaining a jury verdict for compensatory and punitive damages for a labor union president for false statements made during a union election campaign.
Obtaining a defense verdict
Obtaining a defense verdict in a jury trial regarding alleged statements that the plaintiff, a former government official, extorted kickbacks from local businesses.
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