Restatement of the Law Third,

Torts: Defamation and Privacy

This project is part of ALI’s ongoing revision of the Restatement Second of Torts. Portions of the Restatement Second have been superseded by the Restatement Third of Torts: Products Liability, Apportionment of Liability, Liability for Physical and Emotional Harm, and Liability for Economic Harm.
This Restatement addresses torts dealing with personal and business reputation and dignity, including defamation, business disparagement, and rights of privacy. Among other issues, the updates will cover the substantial body of new issues relating to the internet.
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The Council approved the initiation of this project in January 2019. ALI members may join the Members Consultative Group.
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Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky University of Florida, Levin College of Law
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Robert C. Post Yale Law School
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Anita L. Allen-Castellitto University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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David A. Anderson University of Texas, Austin School of Law
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Kevin Baine Williams & Connolly LLP
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Jack M. Balkin Yale Law School
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Samantha Barbas Unviersity at Buffalo School of Law
Buffalo, NY
Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court of the United States
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Michael M. Baylson U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
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Wendy Beetlestone U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
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Sanford L. Bohrer Holland & Knight LLP (Retired)
Miami, FL
Tracie L. Brown California First District, Court of Appeal
San Francisco, CA
Clay Calvert University of Florida, College of Journalism & Communications
Gainesville, FL
Aloke S. Chakravarty Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
Weston, MA
William J. Chriss The Snapka Law Firm
Corpus Christi, TX
Danielle Citron University of Virginia School of Law
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Anuj C. Desai University of Wisconsin Law School
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Jennifer Dorsey U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
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Holly A. Dyer Foulston Siefkin LLP
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John F. Fischer Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals
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George Freeman Media Law Resource Center
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Amy Gajda Tulane University Law School
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David R. Geiger Foley Hoag LLP
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John C.P. Goldberg Harvard Law School
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Philip S. Goldberg Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Washington, DC
Michael D. Green Washington University School of Law
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Roger L. Gregory U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
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Philadelphia, PA
James S. Hill North Dakota District Court, South Central District
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Noel L. Hillman U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
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Brian M. Hoffstadt California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Two
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Lamont A. Jefferson Jefferson Cano Allison Barkley PLLC
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RonNell Andersen Jones University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College Law
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Scott L. Kafker Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
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Eileen Kaufman Touro Law Center
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Leslie Carolyn Kendrick University of Virginia School of Law
Charlottesville, VA
Paul Kleven Law Offices of Paul Kleven
Berkeley, CA
Joseph H. Lang, Jr. Carlton Fields P.A.
Tampa, FL
Peter F. Langrock Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP
Middlebury, VT
Thomas S. Leatherbury Thomas S. Leatherbury Law, PLLC
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Lili Levi University of Miami School of Law
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David F. Partlett Emory University School of Law
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John Pelander Supreme Court of Arizona (Retired)
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Carlton W. Reeves U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
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Clifford A. Rieders Rieders, Travis, Dohrmann, Mowrey, Humphrey & Waters
Williamsport, PA
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Salt Lake City, UT
Beth Robinson U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
New York, NY
Jennifer E. Rothman University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
Philadelphia, PA
Allison Jones Rushing U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Richmond, VA
Robert D. Sack U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
New York, NY
Pablo Salvador-Coderch Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Barcelona, Spain
David A. Schulz Ballard Spahr
New York, NY
Anthony J. Scirica U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Philadelphia, PA
Virginia A. Seitz Sidley Austin LLP
Washington, DC
Douglas G. Smith Aurelius Law Group LLC
Chicago, IL
Rodney A. Smolla Widener University Delaware Law School
Wilmington, DE
Jon S. Tigar U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Oakland, CA
Charles D. Tobin Ballard Spahr
Washington, DC
Eugene Volokh University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
Los Angeles, CA
James Weinstein Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Phoenix, AZ
Benjamin C. Zipursky Fordham University School of Law
New York, NY
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Kenneth S. Abraham University of Virginia School of Law
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Linda Auerbach Allderdice Holland & Knight LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Marc T. Amy Jones Walker LLP
Lafayette, LA
José F. Anderson University of Baltimore School of Law
Baltimore, MD
Christopher Edward Appel Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Washington, DC
Enrique Armijo Elon University School of Law
Greensboro, NC
Ronald G. Aronovsky Southwestern Law School
Los Angeles, CA
Michael F. Aylward Morrison Mahoney LLP
Boston, MA
Charles L. Babcock, IV Jackson Walker LLP
Houston, TX
Steven K. Balman Shook & Johnson
Tulsa, OK
Joseph R. Bankoff Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA
Jennifer S. Bard University of Cincinnati College of Law
Cincinnati, OH
Sandra S. Baron Yale Law School Info. Society Project & Abrams Inst. for Freedom of Expression
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Shawn J. Bayern Florida State University College of Law
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Charles L. Becker Kline & Specter, PC
Philadelphia, PA
Neal S. Berinhout AT&T (Retired)
Richmond, VA
Jonathan Biran Supreme Court of Maryland
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Stuart N. Brotman University of Tennessee, College of Communication & Information
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Arthur H. Bryant Bailey & Glasser LLP
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Ellen M. Bublick University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law
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Stephen Calkins Wayne State University Law School
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Jonathan G. Cedarbaum George Washington University Law School
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Stephen Yee Chow Stephen Y. Chow, PC
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George W. Conk Fordham University School of Law
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Christopher Scott D'Angelo Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP
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Robert P. Deyling Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
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John L. Diamond University of California College of the Law, San Francisco
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Anthony E. DiResta Holland & Knight LLP
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James B. Dolan, Jr. Bager, Dolan, Parker & Cohen
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John Fitzgerald Duffy University of Virginia School of Law
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Jay M. Feinman Rutgers Law School
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Michael R. Fitzpatrick Wisconsin Court of Appeals (Retired)
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Victor B. Flatt Case Western Reserve University School of Law
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Joseph D. Garrison Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti PC
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Mark A. Hall Wake Forest University School of Law
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Paul T. Hayden Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
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Mike Hintze Hintze Law PLLC
Seattle, WA
Roger F. Holmes Biss & Holmes
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J. Russell Jackson Dowd Bennett LLP
Saint Louis, MO
Ralph A. Jacobs Westport Island, ME
Kevin D. Jewell Court of Appeals, Fourteenth District of Texas
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Vincent R. Johnson St. Mary's University School of Law
San Antonio, TX
Robb Jones United Educators (Retired)
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Roscoe Jones, Jr. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
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Peter Karanjia DLA Piper US LLP
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Amy Keller DiCello Levitt
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Evelyn V. Keyes Texas Court of Appeals, 1st District (Retired)
Houston, TX
Jeff Kichaven Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation
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Harold H. Kim U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Washington, DC
Nancy S. Kim Chicago-Kent College of Law
Chicago, IL
Steve Kim U.S. District Court, Central District of California
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David G. Klaber K&L Gates LLP
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Candace Saari Kovacic-Fleischer American University, Washington College of Law
Washington, DC
Ronald J. Krotoszynski University of Alabama School of Law
Tuscaloosa, AL
Peter B Kutner University of Oklahoma College of Law
Norman, OK
John P. Lavelle, Jr. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Philadelphia, PA
Timothy P. Law Reed Smith LLP
Philadelphia, PA
Douglas Laycock University of Virginia School of Law (Retired)
Charlottesville, VA
Lawrence C. Levine University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Sacramento, CA
John B. Lewis Baker & Hostetler LLP (Retired)
Shaker Heights, OH
Lewis J. Liman U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
New York, NY
Jessica D. Litman University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, MI
Andrés W. López The Law Offices of Andrés W. López P.S.C.
San Juan, PR
Patrick A. Malone Patrick Malone & Associates, PC
Washington, DC
Hugh J. Marbury Cozen O'Connor
Washington, DC
Steven L. Mayer Arnold & Porter
San Francisco, CA
Christopher J. McFadden Court of Appeals of Georgia
Atlanta, GA
James C. McKay, Jr. Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
Washington, DC
John J. "Mike" McKetta, III Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody, PC
Austin, TX
Kevin T. Merriman Lippes Mathias LLP
Buffalo, NY
Luther T. Munford Butler Snow LLP
Ridgeland, MS
Richard L. Neumeier Morrison Mahoney LLP (Retired)
Boston, MA
Donal Nolan University of Oxford, Worcester College
Oxford, England
Joel W. Nomkin Perkins Coie LLP
Phoenix, AZ
E. Farish Percy University of Mississippi Law School
Oxford, MS
Jeffrey M. Pollock Fox Rothschild LLP
Princeton, NJ
Ellen S. Pryor UNT Dallas College of Law
Dallas, TX
Manuel Alfonso Quinto-Pozos Deats Durst & Owen PLLC
Austin, TX
Richard J. R. Raleigh, Jr. Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
Huntsville, AL
Jason A. Rantanen University of Iowa College of Law
Iowa City, IA
Terrance G. Reed Lankford & Reed PLLC
Alexandria, VA
R. Anthony Reese University of California, Irvine School of Law
Irvine, CA
Henry R. Reeve Denver District Attorney's Office (Retired)
Denver, CO
Doug Rendleman Washington and Lee University School of Law
Lexington, VA
Jacob H. Rooksby Gonzaga University School of Law
Spokane, WA
Lauri Waldman Ross Ross & Girten
Coral Gables, FL
Robert L. Rothman Law Office of Robert L. Rothman
Atlanta, GA
Joseph Sanders University of Houston Law Center
Houston, TX
Harry Sandick Patterson Belknap Webb and Tyler LLP
New York, NY
Leticia M. Saucedo University of California, Davis School of Law
Davis, CA
Nadia N. Sawicki Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Chicago, IL
Lynn Hecht Schafran Legal Momentum
New York, NY
Milton R. Schroeder Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Paradise Valley, AZ
Robert P. Schuster Robert P. Schuster, P.C.
Jackson, WY
Victor E. Schwartz Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Washington, DC
Marc M. Seltzer Susman Godfrey LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Dan Shefet Cabinet Shefet
Paris, France
William P. Shelley Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP (Retired)
Philadelphia, PA
Kenneth W. Simons University of California, Irvine School of Law
Irvine, CA
Paul M. Smith Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, DC
Carl A. Solano Superior Court of Pennsylvania (Retired)
Philadelphia, PA
Carlos R. Soltero Maynard Nexsen PC
Austin, TX
Victor P. Stabile Superior Court of Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, PA
Michael K. Steenson Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Saint Paul, MN
James Y. Stern William & Mary Law School
Williamsburg, VA
Rhea C. Stevens Law Office of Rhea Stevens
Pearland, TX
Larry S. Stewart Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, P.A. (Retired)
West Palm Beach, FL
H. Mark Stichel RKW Law Group
Baltimore, MD
Laura Denvir Stith Supreme Court of Missouri
Kansas City, MO
Guy Miller Struve Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (Retired)
New York, NY
Mary-Christine Sungaila Complex Appellate Litigation Group
Newport Beach, CA
Louise Ellen Teitz Roger Williams University School of Law
Bristol, RI
Jay Tidmarsh Notre Dame Law School
Notre Dame, IN
Stacey Ann Tovino University of Oklahoma College of Law
Norman, OK
Daniel Mack Traynor U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
Bismarck, ND
Michael Traynor Cobalt LLP
Berkeley, CA
Deborah Tuerkheimer Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
Chicago, IL
Carla C. van Dongen State Farm Insurance Companies
Bloomington, IL
Ari Ezra Waldman University of California, Irvine School of Law
Irvine, CA
Chang Wang Kingsfield Law Office
Bloomington, MN
Merle Weiner University of Oregon School of Law
Eugene, OR
Jack M. Weiss Liskow & Lewis
New Orleans, LA
Nancy E. Weiss Institute of Museum and Library Services
Washington, DC
Heather Welch Marion Superior Court, Civil One
Indianapolis, IN
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Ithaca, NY
James F. Williams Perkins Coie LLP
Seattle, WA
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Boston, MA
Richard W. Wright IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Evanston, IL