Paul L. Caron

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Judge Nixes Cooley's Defamation Suit Against Law Firm, Bloggers Critical of its Job Stats

Thomas Cooley Logo (2013)ABA Journal, Cooley Law Defamation Suit Against Law Firm and Bloggers Critical of its Job Stats Is Nixed by Judge:

A federal judge has nixed a defamation suit filed by Thomas M. Cooley Law School against a law firm and bloggers who criticized the institution's portrayal of its graduates' employment statistics.

Finding that the law school is, at minimum, a limited-purpose public figure, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker on Monday ruled that, as a matter of law, Cooley could not show clear and convincing proof of actual malice and granted a summary judgment motion by the plaintiffs, dismissing the case. The law school vows to appeal. ...

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