June 21, 2022

Depp Verdict Shows Why Va. Is Ideal Defamation Claim Venue

Brandon H. Elledge | Timothy Taylor | Christine N. Walz | Caitlin A. Eberhardt

Litigation attorneys Brandon Elledge, Timothy Taylor, Christine Walz and Caitlin Eberhardt authored a Law360 article discussing the verdict of the six-week long Depp v. Heard defamation trial, which largely favored plaintiff Johnny Depp. The attorneys highlight three main factors that led to this result, including Virginia's weak anti-SLAPP law, its lengthy long-arm statute and limited summary judgment practice. They conclude their discussion by explaining why, given these factors, more defamation cases of this nature may land in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The authors of this article also published a Holland & Knight alert on this topic.

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