Individual Rights Are Expanding In Tennessee

By Daniel A. Horwitz The past week has been an excellent one for individual rights in Tennessee, with improvements coming in several independent areas: First, the Tennessee General Assembly has passed the State’s first meaningful anti-SLAPP law to protect Tennesseans’ right to free speech. The reform will instantly have the effect of deterring people from … Continue reading Individual Rights Are Expanding In Tennessee

Restaurateur Wins Defamation Suit (Again)

In a resounding win, celebrated Nashville restaurateur Randy Rayburn has again beaten back a multi-million dollar defamation and false light lawsuit filed against him by Thomas Nathan Loftis, Sr., the former director of Nashville State’s culinary program.  In a unanimous ruling, the Tennessee Court of Appeals affirmed the outright dismissal of Mr. Loftis’s claims on the … Continue reading Restaurateur Wins Defamation Suit (Again)

Tennessee Needs to Provide More Protection to People Sued for Defamation

By Daniel A. Horwitz: Yesterday morning, the Nashville Post reported on yet another baseless, multimillion dollar defamation lawsuit filed here in Nashville.  The lawsuit follows a series of other recent defamation actions—including since-dismissed attempts to silence dog lovers, supposed media sources, and others—that have been aimed at stifling legitimate public criticism. It should be emphasized that … Continue reading Tennessee Needs to Provide More Protection to People Sued for Defamation

Judge Dismisses Defamation Lawsuit Filed Against Restaurateur Randy Rayburn

The defamation lawsuit filed against beloved Nashville restaurateur Randy Rayburn has been dismissed outright by Davidson County Circuit Court Judge Kelvin Jones.  The costs of the lawsuit were also assessed against Plaintiff Tom Loftis, the aggrieved former director of The Randy Rayburn School of Culinary Arts at Nashville State Community College, who had sued Mr. Rayburn … Continue reading Judge Dismisses Defamation Lawsuit Filed Against Restaurateur Randy Rayburn