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Lee E. Berlik
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Highly-Rated Business Litigation and Defamation Lawyer
Highly-Rated Business Litigation and Defamation Lawyer

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Asking another person to defame someone on your behalf won't shield you from liability. Vicarious liability concepts apply to defamation claims as well.

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Do anti-SLAPP statutes apply to defamation claims based on statements made prior to the statutes' effective date? Whether they can be applied retroactively depends on whether they are viewed as substantive or procedural in nature.

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Defamation lowers a person in the eyes of the community. But in these divisive times, whose opinion matters? A person’s reputation may rise in some communities while falling in others. wp.me/p845ki-mc

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Yes, whether qualified privilege has been lost or abused is a jury question. But that doesn't mean a federal court won't dismiss your case on summary judgment if you can't come up with some evidence of malice.

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Can a university truthfully report on the results of a sexual harassment investigation without exposing itself to defamation liability? Not necessarily, says Virginia federal court:

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The Virginia Consumer Protection Act applies to "consumer transactions." The Fairfax County Circuit Court recently explained that not all transactions involving consumer goods will be covered by the VCPA.
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Virginia businesses: before you sue that person who gave you a one-star review, read this. Virginia's new anti-SLAPP statute could come into play, possibly resulting in your having to reimburse the consumer for his or her legal fees.
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