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FL H0991


Defamation, False Light, and Unauthorized Publication of Name or Likenesses

Provides that journalist's privilege does not apply to defamation claims when defendant is professional journalist or media entity; revises provisions concerning venue for certain actions; provides for attorney fees & costs to prevailing plaintiffs in certain actions; specifies certain persons may not be considered public figures; provides certain allegations are defamatory per se; provides statutory damages to prevailing plaintiffs who are subject of such allegations; creates presumption that statement by anonymous source is presumptively false; provides public figure does not need to show actual malice to prevail in defamation action.

Legislative Session


2023 Regular Session


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2023-03-1411:30HearingN/AHouse Civil Justice Subcommittee Hearing


2023-05-05Died in Judiciary Committee
2023-03-14Now in Judiciary Committee
2023-03-14Reported out of Civil Justice Subcommittee
2023-03-14Favorable by Civil Justice Subcommittee
2023-03-10Added to Civil Justice Subcommittee agenda
2023-03-071st Reading (Original Filed Version)
2023-02-28Now in Civil Justice Subcommittee
2023-02-28Referred to Judiciary Committee
2023-02-28Referred to Civil Justice Subcommittee