Pennsylvania Defamation Litigation

Plaintiffs can and do prevail when bringing defamation claims in Pennsylvania courts. And they can do so even when they are public figures, such as police officers or judges suing media defendants. In particular, Pennsylvania judges have been awarded substantial verdicts against media defendants.

The program discusses the context for these cases, which were decided after the United States Supreme Court's landmark decision in Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc. v. Hepps, 475 U.S. 767 (1986). The program explains the importance of Hepps, describes the four main categories into which post-Hepps cases fall, and provides examples showing how Pennsylvania courts have categorized cases and applied the Hepps standard in particular cases.

Jenkins Law Library, an accredited provider under the Pennsylvania CLE Board's Rules, will serve as the CLE provider for this course. The course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hour of CLE credit in substantive law, practice and procedure.

This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.0 hour of total CLE credit.