New England Patriots Player Wants Out Of ‘Trash Talk’ Suit

Law360 (September 20, 2019, 1:33 PM EDT) -- New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung has asked a California federal judge to throw out claims by a former Los Angeles Rams employee that Chung defamed him by posting a “trash talk” text message online, arguing the posts contained nothing untrue or defamatory.

Chung told U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald on Thursday that former Rams sales executive Matthew Hogan’s claims against him fail to show how posting the texts on social media was defamatory or misleading to viewers, as the posts are substantially true, and Chung’s commentary that the texts were disrespectful is protected opinion.

The judge dismissed Hogan’s claims...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.


  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!

TRY LAW360 FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS