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 Portions of the Restatement Second have been superseded by the Restatement Third of Torts: Products Liability, Apportionment of Liability, Liability for Physical and Emotional Harm, and Liability for Economic Harm.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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This project was approved by the Council in January 2019. ALI members may join the Members Consultative Group.
Reporters
Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
Columbia, MO
Robert C. Post Yale Law School
New Haven, CT
Advisers
Anita L. Allen-Castellitto University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law
Philadelphia, PA
RonNell Andersen Jones University of Utah College of Law
Salt Lake City, UT
David A. Anderson University of Texas, Austin School of Law
Austin, TX
Kevin Baine Williams & Connnolly 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 U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
South Bend, IN
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
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 Boston University School of Law
Boston, MA
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
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
Mandan, 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
Thomas R. Julin Gunster
Miami, FL
Eileen Kaufman Touro Law Center
Central Islip, NY
Leslie Carolyn Kendrick University of Virginia School of Law
Charlottesville, VA
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
John Pelander Supreme Court of Arizona (Retired)
Phoenix, AZ
Carlton W. Reeves U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
Jackson, MS
Clifford A. Rieders Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann
Williamsport, PA
Austin James Riter Parr Brown Gee & Loveless
Salt Lake City, UT
Beth Robinson Vermont Supreme Court
Montpelier, VT
Jennifer E. Rothman Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
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 Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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
L. Lin Wood L. Lin Wood, P.C.
Atlanta, GA
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
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
Michael F. Aylward Morrison Mahoney LLP
Boston, MA
Joseph R. Bankoff Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA
Sandra S. Baron Yale Law School Info. Society Project & Abrams Inst. for Freedom of Expression
New Haven, CT
Neal S. Berinhout AT&T
Dallas, TX
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
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
James B. Dolan, Jr. Bager, Dolan, Parker & Cohen
Boston, MA
Jay M. Feinman Rutgers Law School
Camden, NJ
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
Charles E. Griffin Butler Snow LLP
Ridgeland, MS
Mark A. Hall Wake Forest University School of Law
Winston Salem, NC
Paul T. Hayden Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Mike Hintze Hintze Law PLLC
Seattle, WA
Roger F. Holmes Biss & Holmes
Anchorage, AK
Ralph A. Jacobs Drake Speciale LLC
Philadelphia, PA
Vincent R. Johnson St. Mary's University School of Law
San Antonio, TX
Robb Jones United Educators
Bethesda, MD
Jeff Kichaven Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation
Los Angeles, CA
Harold H. Kim U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Washington, DC
Nancy S. Kim California Western School of Law
San Diego, CA
David G. Klaber K&L Gates LLP
Pittsburgh, PA
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
Jessica D. Litman University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, MI
Andres W. Lopez The Law Offices of Andres W. Lopez P.S.C.
San Juan, PR
Patrick A. Malone Patrick Malone & Associates, PC
Washington, DC
Hugh J. Marbury Cozen O'Connor, PC
Washington, DC
Steven L. Mayer Arnold & Porter
San Francisco, CA
Luther T. Munford Butler Snow LLP
Ridgeland, MS
Richard L. Neumeier Morrison Mahoney LLP
Boston, MA
Donal Nolan Worcester College, University of Oxford
Oxford, England
Jeffrey M. Pollock Fox Rothschild LLP
Lawrenceville, NJ
Ellen S. Pryor UNT Dallas College of Law
Dallas, TX
Richard J. R. Raleigh, Jr. Wilmer & Lee, PA
Huntsville, AL
Doug Rendleman Washington and Lee University School of Law
Lexington, VA
Robert L. Rothman Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Atlanta, GA
Lynn Hecht Schafran Legal Momentum
New York, NY
Milton R. Schroeder Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Phoenix, AZ
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
Douglas G. Smith Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Chicago, IL
Rhea C. Stevens Law Office of Rhea Stevens
Pearland, TX
H. Mark Stichel Astrachan Gunst Thomas, P.C.
Baltimore, MD
Guy Miller Struve Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
New York, NY
Mary-Christine Sungaila Haynes and Boone, LLP
Costa Mesa, CA
Louise Ellen Teitz Roger Williams University School of Law
Bristol, RI
Stacey A. Tovino University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
Las Vegas, NV
Ari Ezra Waldman New York Law School
New York, NY
Merle Weiner University of Oregon Law School
Eugene, OR
Jack M. Weiss Liskow & Lewis
New Orleans, LA
Douglas P. Woodlock U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Boston, MA
Richard W. Wright IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Evanston, IL