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 Portions of the Restatement Second have been superseded by the Restatement Third of Torts: Products Liability, Apportionment of Liability, Liability for Physical and Emotional Harm, and Liability for Economic Harm.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
Gainesville, FL
Robert C. Post Yale Law School
New Haven, CT
Advisers
Anita L. Allen-Castellitto University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
Philadelphia, PA
David A. Anderson University of Texas, Austin School of Law
Austin, TX
Kevin Baine Williams & Connolly LLP
Washington, DC
Jack M. Balkin Yale Law School
New Haven, CT
Samantha Barbas Unviersity at Buffalo School of Law
Buffalo, NY
Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court of the United States
Washington, DC
Michael M. Baylson U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Wendy Beetlestone U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Sanford L. Bohrer Holland & Knight LLP (Retired)
Miami, FL
Tracie L. Brown California Court of Appeal, First District
San Francisco, CA
Clay Calvert University of Florida, College of Journalism & Communications
Gainesville, FL
Aloke S. Chakravarty Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
Denver, CO
William J. Chriss The Snapka Law Firm
Corpus Christi, TX
Danielle Citron University of Virginia School of Law
Charlottesville, VA
Anuj C. Desai University of Wisconsin Law School
Madison, WI
Jennifer Dorsey U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
Las Vegas, NV
Holly A. Dyer Foulston Siefkin LLP
Wichita, KS
John F. Fischer Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals
Tulsa, OK
George Freeman Media Law Resource Center
New York, NY
Amy Gajda Tulane University Law School
New Orleans, LA
David R. Geiger Foley Hoag LLP
Boston, MA
John C. P. Goldberg Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA
Philip S. Goldberg Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Washington, DC
Michael D. Green Washington University School of Law
Saint Louis, MO
Roger L. Gregory U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Richmond, VA
Robert C. Heim Dechert LLP
Philadelphia, PA
James S. Hill North Dakota District Court, South Central District
Bismarck, ND
Noel L. Hillman U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Camden, NJ
Brian M. Hoffstadt California Court of Appeal, Second District
Los Angeles, CA
Lamont A. Jefferson Jefferson Cano Allison Barkley PLLC
San Antonio, TX
Bruce E. H. Johnson Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Seattle, WA
RonNell Andersen Jones University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College Law
Salt Lake City, UT
Thomas R. Julin Gunster
Miami, FL
Scott L. Kafker Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
Boston, MA
Eileen Kaufman Touro Law Center
Central Islip, NY
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 Vinson & Elkins LLP
Dallas, TX
Lili Levi University of Miami School of Law
Coral Gables, FL
David A. Logan Roger Williams University School of Law
Bristol, RI
Mary-Rose Papandrea University of North Carolina School of Law
Chapel Hill, NC
David F. Partlett Emory University School of Law
Atlanta, GA
John Pelander Supreme Court of Arizona (Retired)
Tucson, AZ
Carlton W. Reeves U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
Jackson, MS
Clifford A. Rieders Rieders, Travis, Dohrmann, Mowrey, Humphrey & Waters
Williamsport, PA
Austin James Riter Parr Brown Gee & Loveless
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
Asheville, NC
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
Members Consultative Group
Kenneth S. Abraham University of Virginia School of Law
Charlottesville, VA
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
New York, NY
Shawn J. Bayern Florida State University College of Law
Tallahassee, FL
Charles L. Becker Kline & Specter, PC
Philadelphia, PA
Neal S. Berinhout AT&T (Retired)
Richmond, VA
Jonathan Biran Court of Appeals of Maryland
Annapolis, MD
Arthur H. Bryant Bailey & Glasser LLP
Oakland, CA
Ellen M. Bublick University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law
Phoenix, AZ
John P. Burton Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, P.A.
Santa Fe, NM
Stephen Calkins Wayne State University Law School
Detroit, MI
W. Jonathan Cardi Wake Forest University School of Law
Winston Salem, NC
Nicole B. Casarez University of St. Thomas
Houston, TX
Edmond E. Chang U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Chicago, IL
Stephen Yee Chow Hsuanyeh Law Group, PC
Boston, MA
George W. Conk Fordham University School of Law
New York, NY
Christopher Scott D'Angelo Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP
Philadelphia, PA
Robert P. Deyling Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
Washington, DC
John L. Diamond University of California, Hastings College of the Law
San Francisco, CA
James B. Dolan, Jr. Bager, Dolan, Parker & Cohen
Boston, MA
John Fitzgerald Duffy University of Virginia School of Law
Charlottesville, VA
Jay M. Feinman Rutgers Law School
Camden, NJ
Victor B. Flatt University of Houston Law Center
Houston, TX
Joseph D. Garrison Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti PC
New Haven, CT
Jacob E. Gersen Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA
Donald G. Gifford University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law
Baltimore, MD
Eric Goldman Santa Clara University School of Law
Santa Clara, CA
James Goudkamp Oxford University
Oxford, England
Charles E. Griffin Butler Snow LLP
Ridgeland, MS
Patricia Guerrero Supreme Court of California
San Francisco, CA
Mark A. Hall Wake Forest University School of Law
Winston Salem, NC
David S. Han Pepperdine University, Caruso School of Law
Malibu, CA
Richard L. Hasen University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
Los Angeles, CA
Paul T. Hayden Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Rex S. Heinke Complex Appellate Litigation Group
Los Angeles, CA
Stephen E. Henderson University of Oklahoma College of Law
Norman, OK
Mike Hintze Hintze Law PLLC
Seattle, WA
Roger F. Holmes Biss & Holmes
Anchorage, AK
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
Houston, TX
Vincent R. Johnson St. Mary's University School of Law
San Antonio, TX
Robb Jones United Educators (Retired)
Ashburn, VA
Roscoe Jones, Jr. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Washington, DC
Anil Kalhan Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Philadelphia, PA
Peter Karanjia DLA Piper US LLP
Washington, DC
Amy Keller DiCello Levitt Gutzler LLC
Chicago, IL
Evelyn V. Keyes Texas Court of Appeals, 1st District (Retired)
Houston, TX
Jeff Kichaven Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation
Los Angeles, CA
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
Los Angeles, CA
David G. Klaber K&L Gates LLP
Pittsburgh, PA
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
Charlottesville, VA
John B. Lewis Baker & Hostetler LLP
Cleveland, OH
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
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
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
Terrance G. Reed Lankford & Reed PLLC
Alexandria, VA
R. Anthony Reese University of California, Irvine School of Law
Irvine, CA
Doug Rendleman Washington and Lee University School of Law
Lexington, VA
Jacob H. Rooksby Gonzaga University School of Law
Spokane, WA
Robert L. Rothman Law Office of Robert L. Rothman
Atlanta, GA
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
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
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
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 (Senior Judge)
Kansas City, MO
Guy Miller Struve Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (Retired)
New York, NY
Mary-Christine Sungaila Buchalter
Irvine, CA
Louise Ellen Teitz Roger Williams University School of Law
Bristol, RI
Stacey Ann Tovino University of Oklahoma College of Law
Norman, OK
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 Northeastern University School of Law
Boston, MA
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
W. Bradley Wendel Cornell Law School
Ithaca, NY
James F. Williams Perkins Coie LLP
Seattle, WA
Douglas P. Woodlock U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Boston, MA
Richard W. Wright IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Evanston, IL