Cam has litigated numerous cases in the state and federal courts in New York, Connecticut, and across the country involving allegations of defamation arising from the publication of news and information.
Currently, along with Kelli Sager at Davis, Wright, Tremaine, Cam is defending the National Enquirer in a lawsuit brought by fitness guru, Richard Simmons, who claims he was defamed by reports that he was transitioning into a woman. The trial court, in an issue of first impression, granted defendants’ motion to strike Simmons’ claims, holding that it was not defamatory (even if false) to be identified as transgender.
Some of Cam’s other cases include:
- In a case of first impression, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a grant of summary judgment for News 12 Interactive, represented by Cam and his colleagues at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, and rejected plaintiff’s theory that true stories about her arrest for possession of drugs became false when the arrest record was expunged pursuant to Connecticut’s Criminal Records Erasure Statute. The court concluded that the statute could not be read to alter the historical fact of plaintiff’s arrest or require publishers to remove stories about the arrest from their websites. Read the decision here.
- In another successful case for the National Enquirer, Cam and Jay Brown, along with Kelli Sager represented them in a lawsuit brought by attorney Stephen Simoni who claimed he represented a class of consumers who were defrauded into purchasing the Enquirer based on misleading headlines about the whereabouts of Malaysian Flight 370. The court dismissed all of plaintiff’s claims under California’s “anti-SLAPP” statute. Read the decision here.
- Cam successfully argued an anti-SLAPP motion in favor of the National Enquirer, in a lawsuit brought by comedian Brando Murphy against the Enquirer, Eddie Murphy, Wendy Williams, and the law firm Lavely & Singer, arising from an article in the Enquirer that plaintiff claimed defamed him by allegedly calling him an “imposter” posing as Eddie Murphy’s son.
- In another anti-SLAPP motion Cam successfully argued in favor of Eyeworks USA, in a lawsuit arising out of the television program, Catch a Contractor. Plaintiffs, whose home was featured on the program, argued that Eyeworks, Viacom, and other named defendants violated various construction statutes and committed fraud during the renovation of their home. The court held, however, that defendants’ acts were “in furtherance of free speech rights” and protected under California’s “anti-SLAPP” statute, and dismissed plaintiffs’ claims. Read the decision here.
- Cam and Dave Schulz successfully represented Cablevision and American Media in a lawsuit brought by the Meola family who claimed they were defamed when defendants incorrectly identified their house as the home of Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy, whose live-in trainer, Alexandru Hossu, had been arrested on child rape charges. Read more about the controversy here. Read the decision dismissing the case here.