Bloggers Get Same Speech Protections As Press: 9th Circ.

Law360, Los Angeles (January 17, 2014, 5:49 PM EST) -- Bloggers and others who speak on issues of public concern are entitled to the same free-speech protections as traditional journalists, a Ninth Circuit panel ruled Friday, finding a trustee that a blogger had criticized for its role in a real estate bankruptcy needed to show the blogger had acted negligently.

Writing for a unanimous panel, U.S. Circuit Judge Andrew D. Hurwitz reversed part of a lower court decision that found Obsidian Finance Group LLC did not need to show fault to establish liability against blogger Crystal...
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Case Title

Obsidian Finance Group, LLC, et al v. Crystal Cox


Case Number

12-35238

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Appellate - 9th Circuit

Nature of Suit

3320 Assault, Libel, and Slander

Date Filed

March 30, 2012

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