Tort law expert and Harvard Law Professor John C.P. Goldberg explains what election technology companies Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems must do to prove their claims of defamation against former former Trump allies, how likely they are to succeed, and whether these types of lawsuits might have an impact in the fight against disinformation.
It was Thursday night and the Ames Courtroom was decked out for a Hollywood-style awards ceremony–1Ls and their dates arrived in tuxes and ball gowns while a jazz combo played, and anticipation was in the air. The winter’s first snow was falling outside, but in Austin Hall, the Tortys had come to town.
This year, Jon Hanson challenged his torts students to create short documentaries about how tort law might apply to social issues and problems on the edge of the law’s reach. This challenge culminated in the inaugural Torty Awards–a screening and ceremony celebrating their inventive films on climate change, driverless cars, and the Flint water crisis.