Representation of victims of slanderous speech and libelous publications.

Examples of our representation in this practice area include:

• Sprague & Sprague successfully represented two former county commissioners in a hard fought defamation trial in Lackawanna County. A jury determined the falsity of the subject articles, and the case was thereafter settled for a confidential sum.

• In a defamation action concerning a published book introduction, we obtained for our client, a retired Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, a monetary settlement, a prominent retraction and apology, an agreement not to reissue the book with the offending passages, and the destruction of all copies of the book’s first edition in the possession of the publisher and distributor.

• We obtained significant monetary recoveries for school district officials who were defamed by a newspaper.

• After defeating defense motions for summary judgment, the Firm obtained settlement of a defamation action on behalf of a renowned scientist falsely portrayed in an article as having unleashed a deadly viral disease in the course of his development of a vaccine in the 1950's.

• In a defamation action on behalf of a county district attorney, we persuaded the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to reverse a century-old position and recognize a cause of action for defamation by a public figure falsely accused of acting in a racist manner in the performance of his official duties.

• The Firm successfully negotiated a pre-lawsuit settlement of a defamation claim by a national company against a major national news organization.

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