Jenner & Block

“Managing the Publicity of Defamation Litigation,” Law360

In this article, Partners L. David Russell and Christopher C. Chiou and Associate Alexander M. Smith examine the challenges of defamation litigation.  The authors observe that plaintiffs pursing claims involving embarrassing (but false) information may consider four basic ways of addressing this problem: (1) filing a lawsuit anonymously; (2) asking the court to seal records containing embarrassing or sensitive information; (3) seeking to recover damages caused by further spread of the embarrassing falsehoods resulting from coverage about the plaintiff’s lawsuit; and (4) removing false information from the internet through extrajudicial means.