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Dean Lidsky Named Reporter of New Restatement of Torts

Dean Lyrissa Lidsky was recently named a Reporter of the new American Law Institute (ALI) Restatement of Torts:  Defamation and Privacy.  The project will focus on torts dealing with personal and business reputation and dignity, including defamation, business disparagement, and rights of privacy. Among other issues, the updates will cover the substantial body of new issues relating to the internet.…

Dean Lidsky Cited in Federal Appellate Court Decision on Public Official’s Facebook Page

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit unanimously ruled that Loudon County (Va.) Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall’s Facebook page operated as a public forum and that her decision to block Brian C. Davison from her page based on his criticism of her qualified as impermissible and unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination. The decision cited Dean Lyrissa Lidsky’s article,…

Dean Lidsky Comments on CNN Dispute with White House

On November 16, District Court Judge Timothy Kelly temporarily restored CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s security pass, saying that Acosta’s Fifth Amendment due process rights had been violated when the White House revoked his security pass. A November 19 article on Politico, “White House says it still plans to revoke access for CNN’s Acosta,” explains that the White House plans to…

Dean Lidsky to Debate Yale Professor Robert Post About Freedom of Speech on College Campuses

Dean Lyrissa Lidsky will participate in the 35th Annual Jefferson B. Fordham Debate at the University of Utah on November 15. The debate, “Freedom of Speech on College Campuses. Where is the Line Drawn?,” will focus on the First Amendment rights of members of university communities and whether they may be constrained when their speech undermines the educational or research missions…

Dean Lidsky Interviewed about Defamation Lawsuit Involving two Kremlin-Controlled TV Stations

Dean Lyrissa Lidsky was interviewed recently about a libel lawsuit against two Kremlin-controlled television stations, “U.S. Libel Case Over Russian Poisoning Take Aim at Kremlin Propaganda.” The plaintiff, Alex Goldfarb,  says that the two channels defame him by presenting reports indicating that Goldfarb murdered his close friend, Alexander Litvinenko, by poisoning him 12 years ago. Goldfarb speculates that by airing…

Dean Lidsky Writes Essay for First Amendment News

For its 200th issue, the First Amendment News invited 15 women to write essays about free speech law. Dean Lyrissa Lidsky’s essay, “Libel, Lies, and Conspiracy Theories,” discusses the libel suits by Sandy Hook parents against Alex Jones of Infowars. Dean Lidsky contends that examining the Sandy Hook parents’ libel suits against Jones helps illuminate the limits of the First…

“Dangerous Tweets:” Dean Lidsky Speaks at Missouri State University

Dean Lyrissa Lidsky recently gave a talk at Missouri State University as a featured speaker at the university’s fifth annual Bartee Dinner. Dean Lidsky’s talk was titled “Dangerous Tweets?: Social Media, Censorship, and the First Amendment.” Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of Torts and the First Amendment, with a particular emphasis on defamation and other free speech issues in…

Dean Lidsky and Fellow First Amendment Scholars File Amicus Brief in Gilmore v. Jones

Dean Lyrissa Lidsky and other free-speech colleagues filed an amicus brief in June in the case of Gilmore v. Jones. Brennan Gilmore was on the street at last summer’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., when James Alex Fields Jr. drove his car into a crowd of counter protestors, killing one woman and injuring others. Gilmore posted a video of…

Dean Lidsky Interviewed on PBS About Alex Jones’ Removal from Social Media Platforms

Dean Lyrissa Lidsky was interviewed on the PBS NewsHour on August 8, “Why kicking Alex Jones off social media is not legally censorship.” In the interview, she commented about the decision by iTunes, Facebook, Spotify and YouTube to remove Alex Jones’ audio and video content from their platforms. The social media platforms removed him from their sites for violating their…

Uber, Lyft driver suspended for videos: Dean Lidsky comments

In the KOMU-TV story, “Uber, Lyft suspend driver who recorded St. Louis passengers,” Dean Lyrissa Lidsky commented that in Missouri, it is “not, technically, illegal” to record these passengers since this is a one-party consent state. However, she added, “I think from the outrage that this case is generating you can see that the average person does not expect to be…