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 Portions of the Restatement Second have been superseded by the Restatement Third of Torts: Products Liability, Apportionment of Liability, Liability for Physical and Emotional Harm, and Liability for Economic Harm.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 will next appoint Associate Reporters as well as a group of Advisers with diverse expertise. ALI members may join the Members Consultative Group.
Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
Columbia, MO
Robert C. Post Yale Law School
New Haven, CT
Members Consultative Group
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
Joseph R. Bankoff Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA
Neal S. Berinhout AT&T Services, Inc.
Dallas, TX
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
Christopher Scott D'Angelo Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP
Philadelphia, PA
James B. Dolan, Jr. Cogavin & Waystack
Boston, MA
Jay M. Feinman Rutgers Law School
Camden, NJ
Joseph D. Garrison Garrison, Levin-Epstein & Fitzgerald, PC
New Haven, CT
David R. Geiger Foley Hoag LLP
Boston, MA
Donald G. Gifford University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law
Baltimore, MD
Charles E. Griffin Butler Snow LLP
Ridgeland, MS
Brian M. Hoffstadt California Court of Appeal, Second District
Los Angeles, CA
Roger F. Holmes Biss & Holmes
Anchorage, AK
Vincent R. Johnson St. Mary's University School of Law
San Antonio, TX
Robb Jones United Educators
Bethesda, MD
Harold H. Kim U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Washington, DC
Michael I. Krauss The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University
Arlington, VA
Joseph H. Lang, Jr. Carlton Fields P.A.
Tampa, FL
John P. Lavelle, Jr. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Philadelphia, PA
Thomas S. Leatherbury Vinson & Elkins LLP
Dallas, TX
Jessica D. Litman University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, MI
Patrick A. Malone Patrick Malone & Associates, PC
Washington, DC
Hugh J. Marbury Cozen O'Connor, PC
Washington, DC
Richard L. Neumeier Morrison Mahoney LLP
Boston, MA
Jeffrey M. Pollock Fox Rothschild LLP
Lawrenceville, NJ
Austin James Riter Parr Brown Gee & Loveless
Salt Lake City, UT
Robert L. Rothman Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Atlanta, GA
Lynn Hecht Schafran Legal Momentum
New York, NY
Marc M. Seltzer Susman Godfrey LLP
Los Angeles, CA
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
Louise Ellen Teitz Roger Williams University School of Law
Bristol, RI
Stacey A. Tovino University of Nevada, Boyd School of Law
Las Vegas, NV
Eugene Volokh University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
Los Angeles, CA
Jack M. Weiss Liskow & Lewis
New Orleans, LA