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Monday, February 5, 2024

Lidsky on Untangling Defamation Law: Guideposts for Reform @UFLaw @MoLRev

Lyrissa Barnett Lydsky, University of Florida College of Law, is publishing Untangling Defamation Law: Guideposts for Reform in volume 88 of the Missouri Law Review. Here is the abstract.

This article, which is based on a keynote address given at the 2023 Missouri Law Review Symposium, addresses the past and predicted future of defamation law in hopes of galvanizing needed reforms. As a necessary backdrop, this article explains why today’s defamation law remains so complex, tracks reforms over the last half-century, and explains why the common law of defamation has not adapted adequately to the challenges posed by cheap speech in the digital era. The article then turns to assessing the complaints of defamation law’s most prominent would-be reformers and finds them to rest on an incomplete understanding of how defamation law’s complex pieces contribute to the whole. Finally, after identifying some important barriers to defamation law reform, the article provides guideposts for the reform process.

Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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