Trouble in Tinseltown: Ludicrous libel suits on the rise

Thursday, August 25, 2011

“Is it just us or are defamation lawsuits getting more insane by the month?” — So starts a Hollywood Reporter story on an increase in the number seemingly unwinnable defamation lawsuits filed by and against celebrities.

“Celebrities have long sued tabloids over things written that nobody believes anyway, but these days, lawsuits stretch from the outrageous to the plain ridiculous,” the story continues. “The idea that public figures will have a tough time proving the required ‘actual malice’ and therefore shouldn’t bring defamation lawsuits almost seems like an antiquated notion now.”

Among the cases the story mentions are Lindsay Lohan’s lawsuit against rapper Pitbull and a $60 million lawsuit against Elliot Spitzer filed by insurance executives.