Lawsuit claims defamation by law review article

, The National Law Journal


Analyzing cases and discussing their broader implications is the foundation of legal scholarship, but a lawsuit claims that one professor's take on a pending employment discrimination case constituted defamation and invasion of privacy.

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  • Roger Harvey

    Robert Catalanello would know all about being subjected to contempt, hatred and ridicule, given that he seems to have subjected Ryan Pacifico to precisely that. Homophobic, hypocritical bully would appear to sum him up nicely. I shall be closing my account with the Credit Agricole forthwith!

  • SHK

    Opinions to Go: The audience (readers of law reviews, almost entirley lawyers) would understand that the author is interpreting the complaint's allegations regarding the defendant's statements, not affirming the accuracy of the complaint nor purporting to know what was in the defendant's mind. Separate from a host of First Amendment and other policy issues, the statement can't be defamatory because it is not susceptible of the purported defamatory meaning.

  • Albert Davenport

    I thought Steinbeck wrote "Of Meat and Manhood".)

  • OpinionstoGo

    It seems to me, as a non-lawyer, that there is a fine line between making a definite statement as fact, as in the lines quoted, and making a more nuanced statement, such as saying "It appears that Catalanello harassed Pacifico not because Pacifico is vegetarian, but because Pacifico was not sufficiently masculine . . . The key here is that vegetarianism appears to act as a proxy for effeminacy." Of course, such nuanced assertions may take a certain amount of power out of legal arguments.

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