We have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in defamation actions, and we advise clients on how to balance First Amendment protections with reputation safeguards. We are especially familiar with the oft-misunderstood SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) suits, which are lawsuits that are used to chill First Amendment rights to free speech and public participation in public policy.
Amanda Hyland represents Bankrate, a publisher, aggregator, and distributor of personal finance content on the Internet that provides aggregated financial data and consumer financial news and editorial content to more than 500 national publications. She provides day-to-day outside counsel on matters of media, advertising, and intellectual property to Bankrate and its affiliates, which include creditcards.com, Wallaby, Interest.com ...
- Current representation of major coatings company in defense of trademark, trade secret, defamation, and other claims
Currently representing Gulf Synthetics in an action brought by former business partner and his new company claiming trademark infringement, defamation and trade secret misappropriation relating to the deck coatings business.
Achieved voluntary dismissal with prejudice of libel case against FOX 5 reporter by persuading plaintiff that sanctions and attorney's fees would be mandated under Georgia's anti-SLAPP statute.
Upon receipt of an anti-SLAPP notice, Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed its defamation complaint, which sought damages relating to FOX 5's investigative reporting regarding health conditions occurring at the Plaintiff's eyebrow-waxing business.
Obtained six-figure jury verdict against individual defendants and a country club on claims of defamation, harassment, breach of fiduciary duty, and conspiracy based in part on successful investigation and presentation of defendants’ spoliation.
Successfully defended non-profit advocacy group against claim that it did not own rights to its name and that it had defamed a former director. Jury found that "Tea Party Patriots" trademark did not belong to former board member and restored all rights to the mark. The defamation claims were dismissed upon motion for directed verdict.
- "A Pending Bill Would Prohibit Retribution for Negative TripAdvisor and Yelp Reviews," The Washington PostSeptember 23, 2016
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- "Taylor English's Amanda Hyland Recognized Among Up and Coming Lawyers in Georgia," Atlanta Patch, East Cobb Patch, Marietta Patch and Smyrna PatchApril 21, 2016
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