Representation of victims of slanderous speech and libelous publications.
Examples of representation in this practice area include:
- Mr. Sprague successfully represented two former county commissioners in a hard-fought defamation trial in Lackawanna County. A jury determined the falsity of the subject articles, and the case was thereafter settled for a confidential sum.
- In a defamation action concerning a published book introduction, Mr. Sprague helped to obtain for our client, a retired Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, a monetary settlement, a prominent retraction and apology, an agreement not to reissue the book with the offending passages, and the destruction of all copies of the book’s first edition in the possession of the publisher and distributor.
- Mr. Sprague obtained significant monetary recoveries for school district officials who were defamed by a newspaper.
- Mr. Sprague successfully negotiated a substantial pre-lawsuit settlement of a defamation claim by a public official against a major TV station.