4/20/2011

Defamation lawsuit against online booksellers is dismissed

Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million have defeated a defamation lawsuit that complained about statements made on their websites by the print-on-demand publisher of a surprisingly-expensive book titled Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair: Cocaine, Sex, Lies & Murder. The lawsuit was filed by a fellow named Dan Parisi who also sued the book's author, Larry Sinclair. The part of the case against Sinclair appears to be pending still. But insofar as the online booksellers are concerned, a federal District Court has held that the Communications Decency Act gives them immunity from liability. The court's decision is explained (and linked to) by Barnes & Noble's lawyers Linda Steinman, Joanna E. Summerscales and Rory Eastburg, in a Client Advisory published by Davis Wright Tremaine and by Evan Brown on his Internet Cases blog.