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PA Supreme Court Holds Online Defamation Cases Can Be Brought Almost Anywhere In Pennsylvania

On November 23, 2021 by Schnader in Communications and Media

Jonathan B. Skowron published a client alert, “PA Supreme Court Holds Online Defamation Cases Can Be Brought Almost Anywhere In Pennsylvania.”

Confirming that a half-century-old case still applies in the internet age, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held in Fox v. Smith that a lawsuit for defamatory statements made online can be filed almost anywhere in the state. The Court concluded that, even in the era of Facebook and Instagram, a publisher of a defamatory statement in Pennsylvania may be sued in any county where “a third-party recipient understands the statement as being defamatory.”

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