First Amendment Defense

Over the past 45 years CPM’s First Amendment Defense practice has handled cases defending perhaps our nations’ most fundamental rights under the First Amendment.  Our attorneys have experience in defending publishers, broadcasters, authors, film makers, Internet service providers, journalists, entertainment personalities, government agencies, private corporations and others in a broad range of libel, slander, privacy, publicity, access, newsgathering, and related First Amendment issues. 

CPM has the resources and skill to provide cost-effective, timely, and experienced First Amendment representation to its clients.  Some of its recent representative matters include:

RECENT CASES OF NOTE

Sharper Image Corporation v. Consumers Union of United States
USDC Northern District of California
CPM successfully defended under California’s Anti-SLAPP statute a product disparagement claim brought by Sharper Image relating to reviews of Sharper Image’s Ionic Breeze air cleaner published in Consumer Reports.

Isuzu Motors Ltd. v. Consumers Union of the United States, Inc.
USDC Central District of California
CPM represented defendant publisher of Consumer Reports in defamation/product disparagement litigation brought by auto manufacturer against non-profit consumer testing organization. Jury verdict for Consumers Union after a two-month jury trial.

Suzuki Motor Corp. Japan v. Consumers Union of the United States, Inc.
USDC Central District of California
CPM represented defendant publisher of Consumer Reports in defamation/product disparagement litigation brought by auto manufacturer against nonprofit consumer testing organization.  Summary judgment in favor of defendants was granted in May, 2000.

Various cases by individuals.

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