January 24, 2017
Partner Lee S. Brenner was interviewed by Legal Newsline regarding the Wisconsin Court of Appeals’ recent decision to uphold the dismissal of a defamation suit filed by a firefighter involving former Fox News host Megyn Kelly.
In the article “Wisconsin Court Dismisses Defamation Suit Naming Megyn Kelly as Defendant,” Brenner addresses the Court’s dismissal, discussing the defamation claims as they relate to the law.
“While I am sure the plaintiff may have been embarrassed by the broadcast, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals simply followed well-established principles of defamation law,” said Brenner. “It is widely accepted law that an expression of opinion based on disclosed true facts is not sufficient to sustain an action for defamation, even when the opinion is derogatory,” he added.
Brenner believes that the higher court came to feel that protecting the First Amendment and the right to free speech is what should be viewed as paramount.
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