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ON DEMAND: Practical Considerations in Online Free Speech Litigation

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Run Time: 57 Minutes 
**This is a previously recorded program, originally recorded on March 5, 2020.

Technological innovation allows ordinary people to reach huge audiences to express their dissatisfaction with officials, politicians, and businesses. When such figures can easily hire lawyers to threaten their critics, or even to file suit, the legal system has had to figure out how to react. Both attorneys and potential plaintiffs must be cognizant of the “fallout” associated with prosecuting and defending speech-related cases. Suits about online defamation and other claimed wrongs have enormous First Amendment concerns, and there are many pitfalls associated with online speech cases that aren’t present in many lawsuits filed over speech.

Paul Alan Levy a nationally known free speech litigator (https://www.washingtonian.com/2014/02/03/paul-levy-the-web-bullys-worst-enemy/), will discuss practical issues that arise when such lawsuits are brought, or even threatened. He will focus on how accused speakers can manage to afford a legal defense, and how they and their lawyers can respond (or minimize the impact of possible litigation). He will also address how those who really do face wrongful speech can take effective action without getting hammered publicly. Paul will give examples from his own cases and as well as others, discussing specific legal issues and practical considerations. Although oriented toward the rights of speakers, the talk will close with some thoughts about how those who feel they have been injured by online speech should consider the possibility of litigation (or threatened litigation) as a solution to their problem.

Sponsored by: Media Law Committee of the D.C. Bar Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Community

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  • Paul Alan Levy, Esq.
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