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Melania Sues: $150 Million For “Defamation”

Nothing and no one is immune from the vicious defamation attacks anymore, especially if you are connected in any way to the new President of the USA and his administration.

President Trump’s wife, Melania, became a target, when a newpaper article made allegations that Melania Trump, a former model, “once worked for Milan and New York modeling agencies that also operated as escort agencies” according to USA Today.

A blogger wrote about the story. Fortunately, she has the financial strength to hire the best lawyer. He sued the blogger and that suit was settled for a “substantial sum.” FoxNews writes:

A Maryland blogger has been forced to pay a “substantial sum” to Melania Trump as part of a settlement for a defamation lawsuit over an article containing unsubstantiated claims that the first lady once worked as an escort, her lawyers announced Tuesday.

“I posted an article on August 2, 2016 about Melania Trump that was replete with false and defamatory statements about her,” Webster Tarpley, the 71-year-old blogger, said in a statement by Trump’s attorneys, according to the Washington Post.

Trump’s legal team declined to provide the settlement amount. Tarpley, of Gaithersburg, didn’t respond to requests from the Washington Post for comment, but his lawyer confirmed a settlement had been reached.

Melania Trump is also suing the British Publisher of the Daily Mail, for $150 million. ‘The Hill’ writes in part:

Melania Trump refiles $150M libel lawsuit against Daily Mail publisher

First lady Melania Trump has re-filed a $150 million libel lawsuit against the Daily Mail in New York after a judge dismissed an earlier suit filed in Maryland on jurisdictional grounds. The Daily Mail retracted the story after she filed the lawsuit.

Here is the story of the lawsuit on USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2017/02/07/melania-trump-daily-mail-libel-lawsuit-first-lady-profit/97590284/

OUR VIEW: Unfortunately, defaming a person with an excellent reputation is today’s replacement for a bullet when you want to damage or cause severe injury to the ‘enemy.’

If you destroy someone’s reputation, even after they have been vindicated, there is always something that remains in people’s minds. If you can afford a high-priced lawyer, you can sue, but the game is stacked against the injured party.

U.S. defamation laws are very much behind other developed countries.

For example, an unscrupulous lawyer in the U.S. can file a lawsuit, and at the same time issue a press release, paraphrasing the accusations. This press release is then disseminated all over the world via the internet. The totally untrue accusations of the lawyer don’t have to be proven until much later in court. By that time, the unscrupulous attorney believes he will have pressured the victim into a settlement.

In the meantime, the search engines for the internet make money off of these defamatory articles and the “hits” they get. They have no incentive to remove them, even when asked in writing, and being informed of the true facts. The phrase “Do no Evil” is public relations, nothing else.

President Trump, as a candidate in 2016, vowed to “open up” libel laws to make it easier for plaintiffs suing media publications to win, although he hasn’t said how he plans to do that. We believe he will eventually follow through.