CasePHILLIP D. WEBB v. VIRGINIAN-PILOT MEDIA COMPANIES, LLC
(Record Number 122024)
FromThe Circuit Court of the City of Chesapeake; R. Smith, Judge.
CounselJeremiah A. Denton, III, Vivile R. Dietrich, Rhiannon M. Jordan, and Jeremiah A. Denton, IV for appellant.
Conrad M. Shumadine and Brett A. Spain (Willcox & Savage, P.C.) for appellee.
Assignments of Error
- The trial court erred in granting defendantís Motion to Strike.
- The trial court erred in granting defendantís Motion to Declare Plaintiff a Public Official for purposes of New York Times Co. v. Sullivan analysis.
Assignments of Cross-Error
- The trial court erred in overruling Defendantís Demurrer and in finding that the article in question created a defamatory false implication.
- The trial court erred in holding that a Defendant need not intend the defamatory implication for purposes of determining the existence of actual malice.