Category Archives: Defamation

Navigating the Holiday Season Minefield with Your Workforce: 6 Essential Tips for Employers

As your company enters the holiday season, it’s important for human resource team members, general counsel and the corporate management to be aware of essential issues that should be addressed proactively to ensure a positive holiday period. The last thing … Continue reading

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California Court of Appeal Finds That Pre-Litigation Demand Was Extortion

In Stenehjem v. Sareen, a California Court of Appeal recently held that a former employee’s pre‑litigation demand constituted extortion when the employee threatened to report his former employer to federal authorities due to alleged criminal activity that was “entirely unrelated … Continue reading

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Qualified Privilege Protects Employer from Defamation Claim

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held in a recent decision that an employer had not lost its qualified privilege defense to a defamation claim that arose in the context of  an employee’s termination.  The decision reinforces … Continue reading

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Defamation Claim Involving Reasons For Termination Survives Summary Judgment

In a case involving allegations of defamatory reasons being given for an employment termination, the plaintiff doctor’s claims survived the employer’s motion for summary judgment and will proceed to trial.  The case is a cautionary note to employers, as the … Continue reading

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Defamation Claim Survives Motion to Dismiss

In Suarez v. Loomis Armored US, LLC, the Eastern District of Virginia denied the employer’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s complaint, finding that the plaintiff employee had properly pled a defamation claim under Virginia law.  More after the break.

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District Court Remits Large Defamation Verdict in Richmond

In a rather interesting dispute over postings on a personal website and on-line forum, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia recently entered an order directing the plaintiff to choose between a remittitur (i.e. reduction) of his … Continue reading

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Defamation Claim Survives Summary Judgment

In Wynn v. Wachovia Bank, N.A., the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied an employer’s motion for summary judgment as to a defamation claim.  Plaintiff’s complaint alleged wrongful termination, conversion of her funds, and defamation by … Continue reading

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Virginia Supreme Court Remands Defamation Case For Trial

On January 16, 2009, the Virginia Supreme Court remanded the case of Hyland vs. Raytheon Technical Services Company for a jury trial in the Fairfax County Circuit Court.  A copy of the opinion is here.  We previously commented on the … Continue reading

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A Lesson For Employers In $3 Million Defamation Verdict

A federal court jury in Greenville, South Carolina, has awarded a Target customer $3 million in her defamation suit against the company.  Although not an employment case, the case has an interesting lesson for employers.

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$3.5 Million Defamation Case Dismissed On Remand

According to The VLW Blog, the Fairfax County Circuit Court has dismissed on remand the defamation claims of a former Raytheon executive who won one of the largest jury verdicts in Virginia in 2005.

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In-House Counsel Not Liable For Defamation

Can in-house counsel be held liable for defamation by sending a termination letter to an employee’s attorney recounting the grounds for the termination?  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit said “no” under North Dakota law in Humann … Continue reading

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