Single-Publication Rule Applies to Internet Publishing
Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Lokhova v. Halper. This case concerns a defamation action by Svetlana Lokhova, a Russian-born graduate student, against several national print and broadcast outlets (collectively, the “News Organizations”) and Stefan Halper. The district court dismissed most of Lokhova’s defamation claims as time-barred under the one-year statute of limitations. The amicus brief is in support of the News Organizations. It argues that Lokhova’s claims stemming from hyperlinked articles are indeed time-barred. Specifically, it argues that the single-publication rule applies to Internet publishing and that the republication exception to the single-publication rule does not apply to hyperlinks.