Sherrod v. Breitbart

UPDATE (6/27/13)

STATUS: Defamation suit can proceed.

D.C. Cir.: Defamation Suit Against Breitbart Can Proceed
BLT: Blog of the Legal Times
Local lawyers hoping for a conclusive ruling on whether the anti-SLAAP law applies in federal court will have to keep waiting.  In a ruling this morning, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decided the case on federal grounds.

UPDATE (2/6/12)

STATUS: Appellate panel puts case on hold and asks District Judge for statement of reasoning for ruling.

D.C. Circuit Wants Answers From Trial Judge On Denial Of Anti-SLAPP Motion
Blog of LegalTimes
In July, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon issued a series
of two-sentence orders denying blogger Andrew Breitbart's motions to dismiss a
defamation lawsuit against him in Washington federal court. The U.S. Court of
Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which is considering Breitbart's appeal of those
orders, wants more.

--Order: Sherrod v. Breitbart

UPDATE (4/20/2011)

STATUS: Defendant filed a motion to dismiss on April 18, 2011

D.D.C.: Andrew Breitbart Argues for Dismissal, Challenges Venue in Sherrod Lawsuit

The Blog of LegalTimes
In a slew of new filings yesterday [April 18, 2011] in the libel lawsuit brought by former U.S. Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod against conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, Breitbart and one of his co-defendants argued for a dismissal or, at the very least, a change of venue. . . In a joint motion for dismissal filed yesterday [April 18, 2011] in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Breitbart and co-defendant Larry O’Connor, who works with Breitbart, claim that in lodging accusations of racism against Sherrod based on her comments in the clip, they were engaging in protected speech under the First Amendment.

--Defendant's Motion to Dismiss: Sherrod v. Breitbart

STATUS: Complaint filed Feb 11, 2011

D.C. Super.: Former USDA Employee Sues Conservative Blogger Over Video Posting

A former Department of Agriculture employee who was forced to resign last year after the posting of a misleading video has filed suit against Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger who posted it. Shirley Sherrod's suit was filed in District of Columbia Superior Court on Friday. The civil suit accuses Breitbart of "defamation, false light and infliction of emotional distress," according to a statement issued by the law firm representing her.

--Complaint: Sherrod v. Breitbart

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