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Defamation: What Every Attorney Needs to Know

(285 Ratings)

Produced on: December 19, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 67 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

In this program, presenter Jay Safer will discuss what every attorney needs to know about defamation. He will examine the definitions of libel and slander and review what needs to be included in defamation pleadings, including affirmative defenses. He will also provide an overview of applicable defamation laws and will discuss famous defamation cases and defamation cases involving the use of the internet. This program will help any attorney who encounters defamation issues to better serve their clients and litigate their cases.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand what are libel and slander per se
  2. Learn what needs to be pleaded in a defamation complaint and answer, including affirmative defenses
  3. Review what is required in cases involving public figures, including what is meant by “ actual malice”
  4. Examine which laws and rules apply in defamation cases, including what burden of proof applies 
  5. Discuss damages requirements in defamation cases

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Jay Safer

Wollmuth, Maher & Deutsch LLP

Jay G. Safer is a Partner at the law firm of Wollmuth, Maher & Deutsch LLP in New York City. Jay handles complex litigation and arbitration in the United States and abroad. Jay represents clients in matters concerning contracts, antitrust, securities, RICO, qui tam, FCPA, international litigation and arbitration, including application of the New York Convention and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration awards, banking, financial institutions, corporate governance, technology, privacy, insurance, construction, real estate, labor and employment, product liability, health care, professional ethics, financial, constitutional, and regulatory issues, mediation, class actions, defamation, and media.

He also counsels clients on commercial matters, including protection and preventive measures and pre-litigation analysis. He has represented clients in international litigation, including domestic and foreign clients in courts outside the United States and foreign clients in United States courts. He has represented clients from the United States and around the world in international arbitrations. Jay has served on panels, bench-bar forums, and is a member of committees with judges and attorneys discussing and speaking on a wide range of civil litigation issues, litigation skills, and U.S. and international arbitration and international litigation practice. He has presented numerous programs and seminars on U.S. and international arbitration and litigation to foreign judges, lawyers, and law students visiting the United States and at seminars abroad. He frequently presents webinars and CLE programs to national audiences.

He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School teaching foreign lawyers on the management of U.S. Litigation, and the role of arbitration and mediation in U.S. Proceedings. Jay was appointed to the advisory group to the New York State Federal Judicial Council consisting of federal and state judges appointed by the Chief Judge of the State of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Jay was appointed by the Chief Judge of the State of New York to the Commercial Division Advisory Council that advises the Chief Judge and the judiciary on matters involving the Commercial Division of the State of New York.

Jay was appointed by the New York State Chief Administrative Judge to serve on the Advisory Committee on the New York State Civil Practice Law and Rules. Jay is involved in leadership positions in numerous bar associations, including as past and present chair and member of many bar association sections, executive committees, and committees. He has also made appearances on television and authored numerous articles and publications. 


Steve S.

Good course

Patience S.

Excellent course!

Christine S.

Wonderful presenter whose passion for subject matter and imparting it were very evident!

Mary Beth M.

EXCELLENT presenter! Probably the best & most informative CLE's I've ever taken. Learned a lot! Please bring him back for more CLE's on this subject.

Linda R.

Mr. Safer is a brilliant legal scholar, especially on defamation! Jam packed with important information. Get your notebook out!

Steven R.

Excellent program

Ruth G.

This guy knows his stuff.

Julie A. B.

Thoughtful and thorough. Any attorney who practices in this arena will appreciate the practical information this talented speaker offers. The stakes are high and the results critical in this area. The comprehensive presentation is helpful and chocked full of valuable information, particularly relevant case law. It supplies a roadmap on how to proceed or defend defamation actions. Whether new or experienced, viewers will finish the program primed with key knowledge, benefiting both their practice and their clients who they will better serve.

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