Rap Up the Legal Drama

Internet libel

Although the right to freedom of speech is a protected principle, a court of law may determine whether or not the spoken opinions of one party have infringed upon the rights of an impacted individual. Cardi B, for example, fought back after a celebrity gossip blogger, Tasha K, posted videos that implied that the rapper was employed as a prostitute and used heavy street drugs. While this was the opinion of the blogger, who posted the videos to her YouTube account, there are potential limitations between exercising the First Amendment and exhibiting defamatory behavior. Since filing her defamation lawsuit in 2019, Cardi B has been awarded around $4 million. Read more

My Pillow Suit Deemed Fluff

Lawsuit flattened

As the holiday season comes to an end, we may reflect on the family members we have visited, the food we have enjoyed, and the purchases we have made. One of those said purchases might include new linens, slippers, or pillows from My Pillow, Inc., headquartered in Minnesota. While it might be hard to ignore the comfort of these new items, it may be as equally difficult to overlook the conclusion to the CEO’s legal dispute. Earlier this month, a federal judge dismissed Mike Lindell’s lawsuit against the Daily Mail, which was filed this year in January. The claims of the dispute were defamatory in nature, but according to the federal judge handling the case, lacked substantial evidence. Read more

1-Star Service Causes Lawsuit

Defamatory feedback

A Vancouver, Washington couple is the subject of a recent lawsuit involving a perceived defamatory Google review. Autumn Knepper and Adam Marsh enlisted the services of a company that had planned to fix a leak in their roof. When they were not provided information that was relevant to the services they were to receive, Knepper and Marsh exercised the opportunity to post a negative, 1-star Google review and warn other potential customers about the quality of service and communication they received. The owner of the company did not take the feedback as constructive, and instead, demanded the review be taken down. When the couple refused, the owner filed a lawsuit. Read more

What Are We Eating?

Are we 100% positive?

Despite the previous notion that McDonald’s chicken nuggets are comprised of a pink slime mixture, the company put the debate to rest by supplying the public with a list of ingredients.  While pink slime is not included in the list, there are about ten components in a McNugget, such as white boneless chicken, water, salt, safflower oil, and sodium phosphates.  Although this fast-food item is not exactly 100% chicken, it still remains one of the top favorites among McDonald’s patrons.  Another high-ranking quick service chain, Subway, has become the topic of a similar dispute.  Read more

United We Stand, Divided We Settle

A long legal battle ends in a truce

The 5-year legal dispute between a former Minnesota Governor and the deceased American Sniper has finally settled.  Following the publication of Chris Kyle’s autobiography, in 2012, Jesse Ventura filed a lawsuit against Kyle. Even after Kyle’s unfortunate passing in 2013, Ventura continued his legal pursuit against Kyle’s estate. Ventura argues that a particular passage in Kyle’s book is defamatory, and damaged his reputation within the Navy SEAL community. Read more