Tag Archives: libel

High court tosses university professor’s libel case (access required)


A North Carolina State University professor trying to sue his supervisor for libel over a bad performance review had his suit tossed out by the North Carolina Supreme Court because the justices didn’t think the complaint was specific enough. The decision creates new precedent about the importance of specifying whether a plaintiff is suing a public employee in her official or personal capacity.

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Step One: Cite the libel in your libel suit (access required)

Being a criminal prosecutor is not the same thing as being an expert on libel law, and a spate of bad press is not the same thing as actual malice. Ousted Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline may learn a thing about both of these points after filing a pro se complaint for libel against the Raleigh News & Observer on September 4.

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