Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

California Appellate Court Upholds Courtney Love "Twibel" Jury Verdict

A California appellate court has upheld a jury verdict in favor of singer Courtney Love Cobain that her "twibel" statements about a former attorney didn't defame her, because although they were false, Ms. Love did not make them with actual malice, the standard required by law. Specifically at issue were Ms. Love's Twitter comments that Ms. Holmes, her former attorney, had been "bought off."

"Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to Cobain, we conclude that there is substantial evidence to support the jury's finding that although Cobain's statement was false and injurious, Holmes failed to establish by clear and convincing evidence that Cobain knew the statement was false or had serious doubt about the truth of the statement." Read the ruling here.

Read the Hollywood Reporter's story here.

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