Esquire's 'Birther' Satire Post Wasn't Defamatory: DC Circ.

Law360, Los Angeles (November 26, 2013, 8:17 PM EST) -- A D.C. Circuit panel on Tuesday tossed a $120 million defamation suit against Esquire Magazine Inc. over a blog post mocking a book that alleged President Barack Obama was not a natural-born citizen, ruling the article was fully protected political satire.

The panel upheld a lower court's decision dismissing the case, ruling the Esquire blog post announcing a fictitious recall of the book was entitled to First Amendment protection.  

“Almost everything about the story and the nature of the issue itself showed it was political speech...
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Case Information

Case Title

Joseph Farah, et al v. Esquire Magazine, et al

Case Number



Appellate - DC Circuit

Nature of Suit

3890 Other Statutory Actions

Date Filed

June 15, 2012

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