From the Washington Post on February 26:
Rest assured, First Amendment lovers, that a hypothetical President Trump could not unilaterally change the libel laws. A big reason why President Obama's executive actions on immigration and gun control are so controversial is because they raise questions about whether he reached beyond the limits of presidential power. It's hard to imagine any serious debate about an attempt to alter libel laws, however; such an effort would clearly exceed Trump's — or any president's — authority.
Alternatively, Trump could simply use the bully pulpit to promote a culture of frivolous libel suits that ultimately wouldn't go anywhere but would force media companies to spend precious resources on defending themselves. If his goal is to cause news outlets to lose money, Trump could conceivably achieve that objective without changing any laws at all.Wow. "Frivolous" lawsuits.
That's what coal companies said.
But the best tort reform is to not have a tort in the first place.
The Daily Mail in London libeled Melania Trump earlier this year, and refused to retract it.
She finally filed a lawsuit.
That got their attention.
From the New York Post:
Melania Trump has filed a blockbuster $150 million lawsuit against the The Daily Mail and a US-based blog claiming they defamed her when they reported that she worked for an escort service, multiple reports said Thursday.
And the British newspaper blinked just hours later, retracting its story and apologizing to the wife of GOP nominee Donald Trump.
Charles Harder, Melania Trump’s lawyer, hammered the news outlets. “These defendants made several statements about Mrs. Trump that are 100 percent false and tremendously damaging to her personal and professional reputation,” he said in a statement.
The suit was filed against the paper and the blog Tarpley in state court in Montgomery County, Maryland, CNN reported.
“Defendants broadcast their lies to millions of people throughout the U.S. and the world—without any justification,” Harder said. “Their many lies include, among others, that Mrs. Trump supposedly was an ‘escort’ in the 1990s before she met her husband. Defendants’ actions are so egregious, malicious and harmful to Mrs. Trump that her damages are estimated at 150 million dollars.”I would say apology accepted, now where's the money that goes with it?
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