Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Man Files Defamation Lawsuit After Individuals Claim He's Responsible For "Pedals the Bear"'s Death

John DeFilippo has filed a defamation lawsuit against a number of people (via. whom he says have spread stories on social media claiming that earlier this year he killed a popular black bear named "Pedals," known for walking on its hind legs. The lawsuit alleges that these individuals have published comments, including comments on Facebook pages, linking Mr. DeFilippo falsely to the bear's death and urging revenge against him. Some comments included a claim that he is a "bear murderer." More here from the Daily Record. 

The lawsuit also claims that some of the defendants have posted personal information about Mr. DeFilippo on social media. More here from ABC News.

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