Sindi v. El-Moslimany

Two women make “a grotesque number of false statements” about prominent scientist. One even travels around the world to hand out leaflets (containing calumnies) at conferences where the scientist is to speak. Jury: Pay $3.5 mil for defamation. District court: Also you’re enjoined from ever repeating six particular statements in any medium for any purpose. First Circuit: Go ahead and pay, for the most part. But, over a dissent, we vacate the district court’s permanent injunction. The First Amendment doesn’t allow such prior restraints.

Tags: 2018, Defamation, First Amendment, First Circuit, Free Speech, Prior Restraint

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