|Production Date:||January 13 2010|
The United States places a high premium on freedom of speech, but limitations still exist. George Freeman, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of The New York Times Company, brings a unique perspective to the limitations of libel law through a discussion of his experiences with working with the news media and significant case law. The definition of libel is explained, along with the specific exceptions to this definition. The uniquely American fault standard, and how this standard is applied to different categories of people, is also examined in detail. Freeman also includes common law defenses, such as the truth and opinion approach, and offers guidance on how to avoid the common causes of libel cases.
I. Definition of Defamation
II. New York Times Co. v. Sullivan and Actual Malice
III. The Fault Standard Defense
IV. Common Law Defenses
V. Common Causes for Libel
Laura (Peoria, IL)
Very interesting speaker!
Stephanie (Idaho Falls, ID)
jane (port townsend, WA)
Interesting contrast between British and US law - this added to understanding concepts.
Zachary (Melville, NY)
Yes, there is an art to teaching, and Prof. Freeman is an artist.
Michael (Coral Gables, FL)
James (Kirkland, WA)
I enjoyed this subject in school. Interesting presentation
Charles (Bellingham, WA)
Beverly (Houston, TX)
Mr. Freeman is awesome. His experience and knowledge of the subject is both interesting and amazing. Highly recommended!
Mary W (Rockville Centre, NY)
Experienced and clear speaker.
Chenier (Houston, TX)
Excellent overview. Solid speaker.
Mark (Las Vegas, NV)
Adam (Denver, CO)
Freeman was great, as always.
Barbara M. (Fort Worth, TX)
Carmen (Bellevue, WA)
Kevin (Parker, CO)
Jack (Midland , TX)
Mark (Englewood, CO)
Holly (Seattle, WA)
Great refresher on libel/defamation law!
James (Irving, TX)
Timothy (Dallas, TX)
Terrific presenter...can't beat the source of much of the litigation that has shaped this field.
Bob (Austin, TX)
Truly one of the great CLEs. Insightful, interesting and exquisitely presented.
Kelly (Peyton, CO)
Really liked this one. Speaker was very easy to pay attention to.
Ira L (SPRINGFIELD, VA)
Very well presented. The listener came away understanding the issues.
Charles (Fort Lee, NJ)
The program was very well done.
James Blake C. (Los Angeles, CA)
Great speaker! He speaks as though he is speaking WITH you, not TO you. The substance of his presentation is outstanding. His gestures added to his speech.
Mark (Austin, TX)
Not an area I practice in at all, but this course had some very informative information. I would definitely recommend to others.
Thomas B. (San Antonio, TX)
The best course ever
Ed (Falls Church, VA)
A simple, organized, and clear presentation of a topic with lots of subtlety and potential for getting lost in detail. Very well done, thank you.
Mickie (Dallas, TX)
Excellent program and speaker
Kathleen (South Bend, WA)
Kathleen (Kerrville, TX)
This presentation was outstanding..clear, organized, informative. Freeman is a great lecturer on the law and practical applications. Wish all CLE programs were this good.
Theodore (Mountlake Terrace, WA)
Excellent synopsis of the law - past and present.
Robert (Spokane, WA)
He was very good.
Brooks (Dallas, TX)
I wish all CLE was so interesting and presented so well.
D. Reid (Houston, TX)
highly informative and eloquent speaker. used many case law and illustrative examples. would like to hear him again.
Mark (Austin, TX)
He's great. Not a dull pedant yet very knowledgable.
Frederick (Moundsville, WV)
Paul (Dallas, TX)
Great materials, and great presenter. Very informative. Insightful.
Awesta (Shoreline, WA)
One of my favorites.
Jill (Dallas, TX)
James (Niceville, FL)
Outstanding course and lecturer!
Mike (San Antonio, TX)
Best speaker yet.
William (Conroe, TX)
This guy was outstanding!
William R. (El Paso, TX)
VERY well done!
Peter (Greenwich, CT)
Very knowledgeable presentation.
Arthur (SOUTH HOUSTON, TX)
Thank you for presenting this information.
james (port arthur, TX)
Good overview.....also timely info on the internet issues as to defamation.
David (Montgomery, TX)
Troy (Las Vegas, NV)
This was a very substantive, concise and well presented course. I am a professor who teaches this subject and I was impressed with how well it was done.
Marcus (Port Neches, TX)
Anton (Sugar Land, TX)
great knowledge on the topic
Donald (Austin, TX)
Well done on a fast changing area of law.
Kim (Dallas, TX)
Amy (Arlington, VA)
excellent, clear presentation on what can be poorly explained. he makes it straightforward and very understandable.
henry (Evanston, IL)
Very substantive and engaging.
Lisa (Dallas, TX)
Thomas (New York, NY)
Excellent course. Would recommend to anyone.
Karoline (New York, NY)
This was a really thorough and comprehensive, yet easy to follow presentation. Great!
Viney (Orange, CA)
elizabeth (new york, NY)
Freeman was terrific!
Fredda (Chicago, IL)
mary (Denton, TX)
Excellent speaker - I enjoyed learning so much about the topic, including its history.
Kristopher (Houston, TX)
Christopher (Elgin, IL)
Very well presented.
Cory (Dallas, TX)
Wow! Really great and interesting speaker.
Jeralynn Jackee (Fort Worth, TX)
It was interesting to hear a speaker from the New York Times on this topic.
Jonah (New York, NY)
Lara (Austin, TX)
Farideh (Chicago, IL)
Excellent!!! Fari, Chicago, IL
Paul (Wheaton, IL)
Excellent speaker, very knowledgeable, even-handed about competing interests
Kenneth (New York, NY)
Excellent speaker. Subject pretty thoroughly covered for a 1-hour course. An excellent presentation easily followed because of the manner and ease of the speaker's presentation. He exhibited a clear mastery of his subject.
Brian (Park Ridge, IL)
Kathleen (Park Ridge, IL)
Adam (Houston, TX)
Very good and very informative.
Gregory (Champaign, IL)
Bob (Akron, OH)
Excellent, expert, well-organized presentation.
Julia (Seattle, WA)
Excellent presentation. Presenter should come back for an advanced session on defamation.
Mark (New York, NY)
Jeremy (Charlottesville, VA)
Good basic primer.
Elizabeth (Spokane, WA)
Daniel (Chicago,, IL)
very useful coverage of libel, in general. Thanks
Frank (New York, NY)
Great overview of defamation law.
Jason (North Chesterfield, VA)
Excellent material and presentation.
Elizabeth (TALLAHASSEE, FL)
Well qualified teacher. Excellent presentation that was easy to understand.
George (Austin, TX)
This was a good refresher course for me. The presenter provided some good examples of current litigation and historical examples of how the law has developed.
CHRISTOPHER (NEW YORK, NEW YORK, NY)
very interesting topic
Jennifer (Richland, WA)
This guy is good!
Tom (Orange, VA)
Very strong presentation. Learned a lot of new information
Dane (new york, NY)
Scott (Seattle, WA)
Very interesting subject matter presented in a practical manner. Kept my attention.
Richard (New York, NY)
this speaker knows how to talk to a camera; excellent presenter
Dave (Seattle, WA)
Emmett-John (Puyallup, WA)
Good content and interesting.
Augustin (Houston, TX)
I recommend this course to my colleague.
Laurel (New York, NY)
Excellent course, very informative.
Rebecca (San Anselmo, CA)
JW (bluefield, WV)
Masterly wrapup of the law of defamation in the USA. I particularly enjoyed Mr. Freeman's comparisons with english law.
joe (Mesa, AZ)
Very knowledgable, to the point, not boring
George (Pelham, NY)
very well done
John (Charleston, SC)
Great course with blend of history and current issues. Very well done!
Nicole (Old Greenwich, CT)
This course was fantastic. I hope Mr. Freeman leads additional seminars.
Erik (Grand Junction, CO)
Great presenter with excellent knowledge of the subject. Very well done program.
David (New York, NY)
Colette (Craig, CO)
Ricardo (Seattle, WA)
Good blend of practice tips and interesting war stories.
Tonye (Denver, CO)
stephen (Medina, WA)
Vincent (Beltsville, MD)
Allen (Los Gatos, CA)
Bogdan (Federal Way, WA)
The speaker is obviously very well qualified and is likely an excellent law school instructor.
andrew (Bellevue, WA)
Stephen (Friendsville, TN)
Very nice summary
Ronald (Franklin Lakes, NJ)
Amber (Seattle, WA)
Chandara (Faifax, VA)
Victoria (Fredericksburg, VA)
This was one of the best programs yet! He did a great job of being entertaining and informative!
Linda (Washington, DC)
I found this speaker very easy to listen to and the subject matter very interesting. Wish it had been longer for more credits!
Charles (Poulsbo, WA)
Speaker seemed genuine and sincere.
Brian K. (Everett, WA)
Very good refresher course.
Robert (Lynnwood, WA)
Alex (Olympia, WA)
Dennis (Reno, NV)
Best possible speaker to teach on this topic!
Bob (Houston, TX)
Thomas (Warrenton, VA)
Jeff (Vashon, WA)
great job of bringing in historical development of US law and how it compares to its European counterparts
Elliot (Seattle, WA)
Michael (Bainbridge Island, WA)
Good summary overview.
Krista (Gig Harbor, WA)
Very good speaker - clear and interesting. Animated speaking style is a plus.
Ned (Lewiston, ID)
Very interesting and well presented.
Adam (Dallas, TX)
An excellent, well organized presentation.
Patricia (Sag Harbor, NY)
Very informative presentation by an excellent speeaker.
Eric (Seattle, WA)
Merrick (Houston, TX)
Mr. Freeman is very knowledgeable. This is a good match between an expert and the topic.
William (Frederick , MD)
K. Jaak (Bogota, NJ)
Excellent. The comparison to libel law in Europe was interesting.
Manisha (Falls Church, VA)
very interesting and well presented
Deborah (Fairfax, VA)
Best of the lawline semindars I have taken to date.
June (Batesville, VA)
This was totally superb!
Zachary (Washington, DC)
Excellent overview on defamation
Elizabeth (New York, NY)
Very clear presentation.
Richard (Arlington, VA)
Excellent course, confident and knowledgeable speaker, and a good summary of the law.
Janet (Washington, DC)
Very clear and interesting.
Mark (Golden, CO)
Ali (Denver, CO)
William (Alexandria, VA)
Sara (Washington, DC)
Great presentation with interesting anecdotes and helpful powerpoint.
Jay (Lovisville, KY)
All around very good presentaion and speaker. Thanks!
Battocchi (McLean, VA)
Well done. Clear and to the point.
Jonathan (Washington, DC, DC)
George is a natural teacher. He is very good at this. Informative, good examples, good stories, good pace. Excellent class.
Darrell (Addison, TX)
Nancy (Arlington, VA)
Excellent speaker -- good illustrations.
Jeong (Ashburn, VA)
speaker is very knowledgeable and knows how to use the limited time for a very broad subject;
Linda (Fredricksburg, VA)
Terrific presentation by a very skilled attorney.
Kathleen (Bronx, NY)
Excellent refresher class!
Don (Houston, TX)
Richard (Vienna, VA)
It's hard to imagine a more knowledgeable presenter than Mr. Freeman on this topic. He did a good job organizing and presenting the course materials. This is a good course, and well done.
Bielka M. (NY, NY)
This is a very good CLE and easy to follow overview of today's defamation.
Kevin (Alexandria, VA)
The course provides a good basic overview of libel law
Gene (Flushing, NY)
Frank (Newport News, VA)
Very good summary of defamation law.
Gregory (St Petersburg, FL)
Good speaker, interesting hearing from within the newspapers point of view.
Jerry (Boise, ID)
good material and presentation, not my area of work.
Mitchell (Washington, D.C., DC)
Christel (Denver, CO)
Great, interesting and very easy to listen to.
Hilary (Abingdon, VA)
Very useful information
Aristides (Kissimmee, FL)
This should be a 2 or 3 hour course. Mr. Freeman did an excellent job given the 1 hour constraint.
Joseph (Falls Church, VA)
Mister freeman was clearly Very knowledgeable in this area. His use of examples was excellent and he clearly was speaking from experience
Stacie (Hoboken, NJ)
I liked this course - very informative and great update since bar review classes.
Thomas (Fishersville, VA)
By far the best presentation I have seen in years!!
Neil (COUPEVILLE, WA)
Excellent, wish it was longer.
Nicholas (Dallas, TX)
Laura (Estero, FL)
This was a very interesting presentation. Great speaker.
Janice (Temple Terrace, FL)
Truly outstanding speaker and content. I found it not only very informative but extremely interesting as well.
Sergio (New York, NY)
This is one of the strongest and most interesting courses I have taken with Lawline.
Mara (Alexandria, VA)
An excellent presentation by expert in-house counsel from a major media company that owns both print and internet outlets. Very well organized.
catherine (Kettle Falls, WA)
Very interesting and informative.
Steven (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)
Excellent speaker. Presentation was extremely informative.
Gentle (Los Angeles CA, CA)
Very well done. Excellent presentation.
Randall (West Palm Beach, FL)
Good summary, with interesting examples.
Paul J. (New York, NY)
Sean (Ithaca, NY)
Very good summary of defamation law.
Liz (Gambrills , MD)
This is the most engaging CLE I have watched yet!
Mary Ellen (La Grange, IL)
Great content and delivery. He got to the point, and gave great illustrative examples. Easy to listen to on MP3.
Jamilee (Rochester Hills, MI)
Very good seminar. Mr. Freeman kept my attention throughout the entire hour.
Doris (Crawfordville, FL)
George (Mt. Vernon, NY)
Excellent speaker! One of the best legal courses I've taken anywhere!
John (Dallas, TX)
Vallerey (ALEXANDRIA, VA)
Succinct. Not filled with puffery.
Christopher (Denver, CO)
Excellent presentation -- one of the best I've seen on lawline.com
Matthew (New York, NY)
Excellent presentation, good pace, densely packed with substantive information.
Sandra E. (Tallahassee, FL)
Covered the topic very clearly. Made good distinctions in the law, but also presented common sense approach from the perspective of a newspaper. Liked the info on the Communications Decency Act. This was new to me.
J. Suzanne (Tallahassee, FL)
Speaker is very knowledgeable in his area of law.
Kris (Bayport, NY)
Interesting and well presented.
Pamela M. (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Excellent lecture with many interesting real life examples from lecturer's tenure at NYT.
Jill (Naples, FL)
Jill (New York, NY)
A good, basic overview of defamation. Thanks.
Elizabeth (Chicago, IL)
This is a good review of the basics of libel law, and the materials are good as a jumping off place for further research into, particularly, the libel law regarding the Internet.
Warren (New York, NY)
Clear and crisp.
Linda (Greenvale, NY)
Outstanding speaker on substance and presentation.
George (Bayport, NY)
Very clear, succinct, interesting.
Kristina (King George, VA)
Dede (Tampa, FL)
Diane (New York, NY)
One of the most interesting courses I've taken. Great speaker.
Nina (Buffalo, NY)
Lawline is fortunate to have this speaker - first class presentation.
Martin (New York, NY)
Kenneth (alexandria, VA)
The presenter,obviously, knows what he is speaking about. I would qualify him as an expert witness. Ken Foran
Roy (Tallahassee, FL)
Great course by a knowlegeable and experienced figure in the law.
Tito (San Francisco, CA)
Another excellent program.
Merritt (Campbell, CA)
Great course, succinct content.
Ross (San Francisco, CA)
I really enjoyed this one.
Ronald (Alameda, CA)
This is the clearest presentation on defamation I have ever heard. In part, that is because it focuses on the law applicable to news media, omitting many of the complexities of slander and personal libel and the development of the common law.
Mark (Brentwood, TN)
interesting and well-presented
Michelle (Galt, CA)
great grasp of the topic, friendly presentation.
Marc (Pound Ridge, NY)
The best course Lawline presents.
Barbara (Los Angeles, CA)
Cogent and inclusive overview.
Michael (Carlsbad, CA)
This is an excellent program and presentation.
Janis (Potomac, MD)
Really good presentation. Got right to the point of the topic and gave concrete examples of issues.
R. Scott (Austin, TX)
Interesting distinction between US approach and England.
Vreni (Springfield, MO)
Excellent speaker. Covered the topic in detail and with practical examples.
Stephen (SYRACUSE, NY)
Very conversational and understandable presentation
James (Fairfax Station, VA)
Edward (Amsterdam, NY)
Elisa (Fredericksburg, VA)
Gail (Chattanooga, TN)
interesting, well presented
Jacques (Studio City, CA)
Richard (Washington, DC)
Very informative and interesting! The speaker was very good.
Kenneth (Alexandria, VA)
Freeman was excellent; very concise and to the point.
John (Washington, AL)
Great program. Covered a lot of ground in an organized, concise, understandable presentation.
George (Chicago, IL)
clearly someone who's an expert in this area. Very high quality.
Christopher (San Antonio, TX)
Speaker was very comfortable with material.
Gerald (Hermitages, TN)
Faultless presentation. Relevant content. A totally excellent course. Thank you. This was a great review and update of the subject matter.
Robert (McLean, VA)
Angela (Chicago, IL)
Super--like a week's worth of tort class in an hour.
Fredrick (New Suffolk, NY)
one of the best i've seen
Jason (San Francisco, CA)
Wonderful presentation on defamation from someone who brings a unique background. It was fascinating.
Jeffrey (Waynesboro, VA)
Very worthwhile- clear and lots of good information
Adam (Falls Church, VA)
Very organized and informative.
Frederick (Falls Church, VA)
Mr. Freemna's presentation was clear, concise, and interesting.
Edward (Chicago, IL)
Really enjoyable presentation of the material.
James (Alexandria , VA)
This is a subject of interest AND I learned a couple of helpful things, very helpful things. Plus I appreciate that contact info is supplied for Mr. Freeman.
Cheryl (Waynesboro, VA)
outstanding! more than I have ever understood about defamation, very clearly presented
George (Virginia Beach, VA)
Extremely well done. Clear recitation of the law but what made it special was the accompanying philosophy that formed the law and the very practical legal approach suggested.
Lawrence (Amherst, VA)
one of the best programs I have watched
James (Falls Church, VA)
Best speaker I have seen on Lawline.
Roderick (Herndon, VA)
Carol R. (Round Hill, VA)
Michael (Odenton, MD)
Christian (Alexandria, VA)
Very good presentation. PowerPoint was HUGE. Love Lawline, but wish you'd standardize presentations, etc.
Mikal (Coral Gables, FL)
Bruce R (Charlottesville, VA)
Outstanding primer. I learned more about NYTImes v. Sullivan today than I dd in law school. Great job.
Robert (Westport, CT)
Excellent presentation, highly organized and easy to follow
Karla (Arlington, VA)
Very thorough presentation.
Sarah (Topeka, KS)
John (Arlington, VA)
Michael (Goochland, VA)
One of the best online CLE seminars I've viewed.
Robin (Round Hill, VA)
Thank you for including real examples.
Robert J. (Valley Stream, NY)
It was a pleasure to hear a knowledgeable and competent speaker with actual experience in the practice.
Dennis (Arlington Heights, IL)
Diane (Front Royal, VA)
Very interesting informaiton
Susan M. (Albany, NY)
The best presenter I have come across so far. Knowledgeable, thorough and interesting.
Robert (grove city, PA)
Well done! Very knowledgable!
Michael (Richmond, VA)
absolutely great seminar. Very easy to understand and really enjoyabe
Anna (Richmond, VA)
Mr. Freeman is a very knowledgeable and engaging speaker; I enjoyed this presentation.
Lawrence (Washington, DC)
Very clear presentation.
Robert (New York, NY)
Outstanding in all respects. The examples that accompanied Freeman's talk were especially helpful.
Bret (DFW Airport, TX)
This is an excellent overview of libel law, especially in the context of media defendants.
Richard (Alexandria, VA)
Very interesting topic and the program was well-organized and easy to follow.
Kelli (Reston, VA)
Effectively presented, written materials excellent and presentation was informative with succinct take away points summing up the law.
Michael (Libertyville, IL)
excellent outline of the basics of Defamation Law
Donald (Bradenton, FL)
Mark Alan (Boca Raton, FL)
The teacher was excellent; among the best ever.
Paul (Mobile, AL)
Well presented and extremely useful.
Bonnie (Charlottesville, VA)
very detailed and informative. presented in a very interesting and effective manner.
Mary (Fairfax, VA)
Very well done. Extremely informative.
Stephen C. (Oak Park, IL)
This program is among the best I've seen on Lawline. It affords a comprehensive and superior overview of the law from an outstanding speaker. A must see for civil and criminal lawyers alike.
Evan (Dallas, TX)
very clear and informative
Russell (Norfolk, VA)
Prof. Freeman's presentation was truly one of the most outstanding I have observed here at Lawline. Perhaps his experience as a University lecturer was a reason for such a memorable lesson on the law of defamation.
William (Washington, DC)
Excellent coverage of the basic material.
James (Staten Island, NY)
Not only was Mr. Freeman's presentation erudite and informative, it was enjoyable. Very well done.
Heather (New York, NY)
Joan (Annandale, VA)
Jed (New York, NY)
Excellent course taught by an expert on defamation law!
David (NY, NY)
perfect for someone like me where, in my job ,media and law intersect everyday!
Leslie (New York, NY)
Excellent presentation of complicated subject.
James (Rye, NY)
Edward (Hanover, NH)
this speaker, as the ones most recently on defamation, have been simply excellent. Their summary of the constitutional issues and the law were outstanding and what was most effective was the synchronization between the speaker and the notes to the side. Can't say enough good things
D. Mara (New York, NY)
Wonderful presentation. Engaging and informative.
Raymond (Chicago, IL)
Mr. Freeman presents the topic in a very straightforward fashion
Michael (Lynchburg, VA)
Great speaker for this subject area!
Derek (Brooklyn, NY)
Great overview of the law, excellent course.
paula (chicago, IL)
Julie (Northbrook, IL)
I felt that the examples that he provided were very illustrative. I actually would have liked more to demonstrate the issues of law he discussed.
Casey (IL, IL)
Everybody should know this, especially attorneys!
CRAIG (Chicago, IL)
Even though I loathe the New York Times, this presentation was excellent.
Sharon (Pana, IL)
Retha (Cataula, GA)
Interesting course covering basics of defamation.
Lynn (Bolingbrook, IL)
Michael (Naperville, IL)
Outstanding presenter; lecture was engaging, with many examples, and easy to follow.
Steven (Nashville, TN)
Good overview, well-presented and informative.
Allan (Iron Mountain, MI)
I am going to watch it again.
Alan (Chicago, IL)
helpful info in 2 defamation cases I am pursuing
Paul (Wharton, TX)
Excellent instructor and presentation! This was one of the very best Lawline courses I've seen.
Deanna (Woodbury, NY)
Loved the topic.
Stanard (Baltimore, MD)
best that i have heard
Dennis (Dallas, TX)
Great overview of defamation law. Great examples.
Marc (Highland Park, IL)
Excellent! Really informative. A pleasure.
Riker (Richmond, VA)
I genuinely enjoyed this presentation. The material was interesting, and the speaker was personable. He did not seem to refer to notes at all.
Robert (Denver, CO)
This is one of the best courses I have taken. Very important issues discussed coherently and in an extremely informative manner not only for the practitioner, but for everyone.
Judith (Champaign, IL)
Maria (Floral Park, NJ)
Anthony (Houston, TX)
Ok, I normally flame the speakers, but this guy ROCKED! Talk about informed and on the ball. He not only knew all the stuff, he knew the reasons why and was able to present understandable examples throughout. In short, this was a terrific class.
Betty (Kenedy, TX)
brooks (New York, NY)
worthy of watching twice, an important topic.
Stuart (Jericho, NY)
Dr Joe (Woodmere, NY)
Fantastic. Learned and interesting presentation.
Solomon (New York, NY)
Excellent in all respects: clear, comprehensive and very informative.
Christine (East Setauket, NY)
Clear, concise, easy to follow discussion of elements, defenses and practical tips.
Marc (Washington, DC)
Good, clear, coherent, articulate.