Penn Record Quotes Connor Mullin on 3rd Circ NY Daily News Defamation Case

For its article “Third Circuit sends Philadelphia firefighter's libel case back for reconsideration,” The Pennsylvania Record quoted Akin Gump litigation counsel Connor Mullin on a defamation case against the New York Daily News involving a Philadelphia firefighter whose photo appeared in a story about an alleged sex scandal in that city.

According to the Record, a panel of judge from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit ruled that the case should not have been dismissed.

The 3rd Circuit’s decision that the case should go back to the court that dismissed it is not surprising, said Mullin, noting, “You had a very salacious article and a photograph of a firefighter. The court said it would be reasonable for a reader to infer that the person pictured was involved in the story.”

Although the Daily News took down the firefighter’s photo, he continued to press the case, which, Mullin said, is also not surprising: “Sometimes a retraction or taking a story down is not enough for reputation recovery, which is what I do. Initial readers may have that impression and not return to a website after a photo has been removed or a retraction has been made.”

Regarding the appellate court’s decision, Mullin said, however, “The decision does not change anything in the libel laws. There's nothing earth-shattering here. The lesson here is that if you're improperly associated with a story, there is an avenue for relief.”

The Record notes that Mullin, whose practice, as he noted, focuses on reputational recovery, had written a piece about this case for an Akin Gump blog. To read the full text of his article for the blog on excubitor.com—the firm’s reputational recovery website—please click here.