One Legal Case Could Open a Can of Worms for Defamation Suits Against Writers

Four not-so-simple words –“deemed to have received”–might determine the future of defamation suits against journalists in the United States. On April 9, journalist (and former Gawker freelancer) Ryan Goldberg appeared at a one-day bench trial at the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York while lawyers tossed around the phrase until it lost all meaning.

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