Lawyer Responds: John Oliver SLAPPs Back? (Real Law Review)

  • Published: 16 November 2019
  • John Oliver was sued by Bob Murrary for defamation. Was it really a meritless suit or is there more to the story? If you’re in the market for a great suit, I can’t recommend Indochino highly enough and Legal Eagles get a discount!
    Summary from Vulture:
    Remember back in 2017 when John Oliver did a Last Week Tonight segment about coal company CEO and “geriatric Dr. Evil” Bob Murray, then - as predicted - was sued by Bob Murray the following week? Oliver couldn’t discuss the lawsuit while it was ongoing, but we did get an update when the case was dismissed in February 2018, when Oliver, referencing the original segment, told Murray to “eat shit.” What you might not know, however, is that Murray appealed the case after it was dismissed, so Oliver was yet again forced into silence until the case was recently dropped. Which brings us to last night’s Last Week Tonight, when Oliver was finally free to recap the entire saga … and, in doing so, to start a whole new saga too.
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Comments • 4 529

  • LegalEagle
    LegalEagle   25 күн бұрын

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    • O B
      O B  13 сағат бұрын

      Quick note on costs for the "british system", costs are very rarely the actual costs you incur, they're instead a fixed amount, based on a table of the amount claimed. For example, if you sued for a million dollars and lost, the judge would look up the table, look up a claim for a million dollars and then award you the corresponding amount in costs. The thing is, however, that those costs are never even CLOSE to the amount you'll actually incur, in my experience, they're usually less than 10% of your actual costs (though in some cases where the damage amounts claimed are ridiculously high and the difficulty of dismissing the lawsuit is extremely low, you can actually come out ahead, but that's only the vast minority of cases). Costs that are equal to your ACTUAL costs are called "costs on a solicitor-client basis" where essentially you have your lawyer submit their bill to the other side. These are *very* rare, and only permitted in cases where the lawsuit has been made in deliberate bad faith, as a punitive measure for abuse of the court system, which is a very high bar to cross. So SLAPP lawsuits are still very much a thing in the commonwealth legal systems, unfortunately. Though SLAPP suits do have a higher likelihood of being in bad faith and potentially resulting in solicitor-client costs, so it's at least a *little* more effective than the american one at discouraging them.

      • Echoeversky Ü
        Echoeversky Ü  7 күн бұрын

        NotALawyer: given the constitutional nature of free speech, national anti-slapp laws are warranted.

        • Dewayne Thomas
          Dewayne Thomas  10 күн бұрын

          @LilleTotte It has been since it's birth I believe.

          • Dewayne Thomas
            Dewayne Thomas  10 күн бұрын

            @LilleTotte OJ Simpson walked, plenty of em do.

            • LilleTotte
              LilleTotte  10 күн бұрын

              So the American judicial system is Pay-to-Win?

              • woodwrecker
                woodwrecker  Сағат бұрын

                way to many commercials makes you not worth watching

                • Henrik Lindell
                  Henrik Lindell  6 сағат бұрын

                  Bob Murray? That's the guy that shot Swedish prime minister Olof Palme in '86

                  • Jean-Luc Coelho
                    Jean-Luc Coelho  8 сағат бұрын

                    Anti slapp laws in a lot of cases help big corporations by allowing them to dismiss lawsuits against them and punish whoever sued them

                    • EGstill85
                      EGstill85  Күн бұрын

                      Not to mention the much larger problem of criminal cases where the state has unlimited funds to prosecute a civilian defendant who very often doesn’t have enough money to pay rent. This leads to defendants who are oftentimes innocent of the crime they are accused of committing feeling obligated to take a guilty plea in hopes of a reduced sentence rather than right for the true, which money could buy with a qualified attorney as opposed to a overworked, sometimes under qualified public defense attorney. The system is designed to function smoothly under this crooked set of money incentivized rules for cases being prosecuted. If everyone suddenly decided they would not attempt to work out a deal with the state, the entire legal system would come to a grinding crash. I’d say this is the more worrying issue over rich people suing other rich people trying to defend reputations already known to be corrupt in the public eye.

                      • Kian Blackey
                        Kian Blackey  Күн бұрын

                        Why didn’t you mention the affect of these kinds of SLAPP suits on non-public figures like JO does during his episode. I would like to know you’re take on how these sort of suits actually affect the people that they do the most damage on, such as those who don’t have the means to defend against it in the first place.

                        • Ben Thomason
                          Ben Thomason  Күн бұрын

                          Maybe you guys wouldn't be so expensive if you didn't spend hundreds of dollars minimum on clothes.

                          • StrangeCalibur
                            StrangeCalibur  Күн бұрын

                            The way you transition to the ad nearly makes it feel like the entire video was made as a setup just for it...... it's so fluid....

                            • T Nicholas
                              T Nicholas  Күн бұрын

                              Bob Murray? That's the man who shot JFK!

                              • aki akiii
                                aki akiii  2 күн бұрын

                                In conclusion, John Oliver is awesome

                                • nekodesigner
                                  nekodesigner  2 күн бұрын

                                  Nice segway to the sponsors

                                  • Hagrid the Table
                                    Hagrid the Table  2 күн бұрын


                                    • Quinntus79
                                      Quinntus79  2 күн бұрын

                                      Isn’t Bob Murray the guy who impales his miners and then dips his bread in their blood?

                                      • Roman Kotas
                                        Roman Kotas  2 күн бұрын

                                        Bob Murray vivisected all of my cats

                                        • Cathal Duggan
                                          Cathal Duggan  2 күн бұрын

                                          Bob Murray created AIDS

                                          • reginaldino enchillada
                                            reginaldino enchillada  2 күн бұрын

                                            Yes, my friend, u r explaining why the system is biased in favor of rich ppl vs the poor.

                                            • JustusLM
                                              JustusLM  2 күн бұрын

                                              This is the first time I have seen a reaction to an episode of John Oliver that basically just says "yeah, he pretty much got everyting right".

                                              • Marvin England
                                                Marvin England  2 күн бұрын

                                                Me: I hate ads *Enjoys the video greatly* Sees Indochino ad at the end of the video Also Me: "You son of a bitch. I'm in."

                                                • Scott Valentine
                                                  Scott Valentine  2 күн бұрын

                                                  Objection - where is the grade?

                                                  • James Bobreski
                                                    James Bobreski  2 күн бұрын

                                                    We need any and all protection of freedom of speech so yes anti slapp laws

                                                    • marco polo
                                                      marco polo  2 күн бұрын

                                                      In Canada, and I assume the same to be true in the UK, recovery of legal costs by the successful litigant is not a dollar for dollar indemnity.

                                                      • Mike D
                                                        Mike D  2 күн бұрын

                                                        Where's Davie504? All this SLAPP and ZERO bass. ILLEGAL! Call the police!

                                                        • dsharkyo
                                                          dsharkyo  3 күн бұрын

                                                          Is this a Davie504 reference? I challenge YOU to a SLAPP battle with DAVIE504

                                                          • Jargon Madjin
                                                            Jargon Madjin  3 күн бұрын

                                                            "What did the hand say to the face? SLAPP!"

                                                            • Shinbu1128
                                                              Shinbu1128  3 күн бұрын

                                                              Bob Murray? You mean Jack the Ripper?

                                                              • JUST ME
                                                                JUST ME  3 күн бұрын


                                                                • furhunter11
                                                                  furhunter11  3 күн бұрын

                                                                  I truly enjoyed the information you gave in this video. WOW! And you explained it so the average layman could understand it. Thank you very much.........Thornton

                                                                  • jamie melvill4
                                                                    jamie melvill4  3 күн бұрын

                                                                    Why all the editing blips... would you hire this grease ball? Schietzer writtin all over his slimey little face.

                                                                    • Deri
                                                                      Deri  3 күн бұрын

                                                                      You effectively say effectively way too often.

                                                                      • Brent Polk
                                                                        Brent Polk  3 күн бұрын

                                                                        The Pop Zooming is distracting...

                                                                  3 күн бұрын

                                                                          So the system favorites the rich over the poor. Sounds familiar? Money rules, not justice.

                                                                          • Adrian
                                                                            Adrian  3 күн бұрын

                                                                            "Arguably" "allegedly" "probably" The holy trifecta of US Juridical system :D

                                                                            • jcllings
                                                                              jcllings  3 күн бұрын

                                                                              The un-funny Communist John Oliver should be sued till he's broke and represents the Democratic ideal. A losing loser who loses even at losing.

                                                                              • Kenneth James Peromingan
                                                                                Kenneth James Peromingan  3 күн бұрын

                                                                                Please do a Lawyer review on Molly's Game

                                                                                • Zachary Scott
                                                                                  Zachary Scott  3 күн бұрын

                                                                                  For the record, John Oliver is a twat.

                                                                                  • MrMigraine
                                                                                    MrMigraine  3 күн бұрын

                                                                                    This might be outside your scope, but can you please do a video that explains Common law (used in UK, US, Commonwealth states) in general, and compares to other systems of law like Napoleonic (Civil), Germanic (Civil), Nordic (Civil), etc...

                                                                                    • ZhangtheGreat
                                                                                      ZhangtheGreat  3 күн бұрын

                                                                                      Bob Murray killed Mufasa, wished himself into a genie to conquer Agrabah, and set off an eternal winter in Arendelle #EatShitBob

                                                                                      • SomeoneCommenting
                                                                                        SomeoneCommenting  4 күн бұрын

                                                                                        The American justice system was made by the rich for the rich. The laws will always give advantage to the rich over the poor, and this is a good example of that. Just go through all legislators and try to find how many are *not* rich, or friends of the rich who pay for their campaigns. It is a very very small group. The rest are all rich guys. These days you can't even think about running for president unless you are rich or have billionaires backing you up in campaign. You have seen in the news how primary candidates get out of the run simply because they cannot make the numbers, no matter if the guy had the best ideas and was the most decent candidate. This country runs on money, and the legal system is no exception.

                                                                                        • Pedro Hernandez
                                                                                          Pedro Hernandez  4 күн бұрын

                                                                                          Bob Murray? isn't that the fat guy that convinced the Russians to rig the US election in 2016?

                                                                                          • Grinning Goat
                                                                                            Grinning Goat  4 күн бұрын

                                                                                            Doesn't it feel weird that the show uses both a factual tone to report the news side by side with comedy? I know I'm being a bit of devil's advocate here, but switch from joke to news to joke to news, it seems like an invitation to cross the line. It present a statement and add ridicule for it, conditioning a response as you watch it. My point is that having a comedy routine side by side with a journalistic report seems like a way to get away that journalistic approach might not be able too.

                                                                                            • P Schmied
                                                                                              P Schmied  4 күн бұрын

                                                                                              Indo-Chino = Indochina = Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam

                                                                                              • P Schmied
                                                                                                P Schmied  4 күн бұрын

                                                                                                The judicial system is NOT " effectively a branch of the government" 6:42 It IS a branch of the government. It's a bad lawyer who doesn't "say what you mean, mean what you say".бейне.html

                                                                                                • Prjndigo
                                                                                                  Prjndigo  4 күн бұрын

                                                                                                  A court that accepts a lawsuit and allows service without any evidence is in violation of the Rule of Law and subject to RICO. No questions asked, allowing the filing of a lawsuit without evidence results in court fees, profit. Remember to also cite the COURT in your anti-SLAPP as a hostile party. Allowing a filed suit without any evidence is equivalent to unreasonable search and seizure. It is an impediment to the **victim's** time, standing and income and is slander in and of itself.

                                                                                                  • CECI CEO
                                                                                                    CECI CEO  4 күн бұрын

                                                                                                    John Oliver is BRITISH + he was being SARCASTIC ABOUT TRUMP. America is a joke in the U.K.; ESPECIALLY YOUR LIBEL LAWS AND JUDICIARY SYSTEM. He is ALSO A COMIC - VERY POPULAR IN YOUR COUNTRY.

                                                                                                    • Shamus H
                                                                                                      Shamus H  5 күн бұрын

                                                                                                      Bob Murray? You mean the Zodiac Killer?

                                                                                                      • richard lawton
                                                                                                        richard lawton  5 күн бұрын

                                                                                                        Objection: The plaintiffs on winning in the UK do not always get their legal fee's paid for when the win a case plenty end up being landing in huge debts or out of pocket fighting court cases. It is not an automatic some will get the full costs some get nothing at all and some may get a partial sum for the legal troubles.

                                                                                                        • richard lawton
                                                                                                          richard lawton  3 күн бұрын

                                                                                                          @Alucard You do not there have been several high profile cases that have left the accused out of pocket after the judges awarded damages that did not cover the legal costs of the case in the UK in recent years several of them involving TV companies.

                                                                                                          • Alucard
                                                                                                            Alucard  3 күн бұрын

                                                                                                            richard lawton you will always get the cost of defence and lawyers if it is asked for by the winning side

                                                                                                            • Erik Olsen
                                                                                                              Erik Olsen  5 күн бұрын

                                                                                                              Note that Mr. Nutterbutter isn't just "a staff member". That's Noel MacNeal, the in-house puppeteer at Last Week Tonight. He started on The Great Space Coaster, has performed in several Henson productions, and is probably best known as Bear from Bear in the Big Blue House.

                                                                                                              • hannahalice
                                                                                                                hannahalice  5 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                It speaks volumes to note that the UK law doesn't have any form of anti-SLAPP legislation and not even the concept for a need for it. But I would go even further that the USA needs a "plaintiff pays" in criminal cases where the police "overcharge" in order to punish by layer fees or gain an advantage to force plea bargaining

                                                                                                                • Angel Dust The Porn Star
                                                                                                                  Angel Dust The Porn Star  6 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                  To quote bob murray, or rather to absolutely mock and face desk him: "Welcome to the coal plant, it's a dangerous place. Thank you for investing. Go there for your router, there for your orders, we'll pollute the world to fill up our quotas. If you get injured, there'll even be fees at your funeral for your mourners. Prosperity wasted on worthless humans, they're just fuel to the fire for our endorsements. Honestly, did you not read the coal plants policy on workplace misdemeanors and injuries, that defines you illegally as coal company policy? I've got you in lock and key, no honesty needed when you've already bleeded against the bladed bleachers. Were you expecting human rights? Were you expecting a raise? Were you hoping the death toll would be low? Ha! No at all! My friend you're indentured, just like a roll of a slot machine; you'll work, to earn the right to work, to earn the right to work more, just so you can eventually die. $ $ $ Dollars in stacks higher than the twin towers, oh come now, you're just an oiled up gear for the machine, if you feared for your life, you should of read the fine print, cause now you're in deep debt, bet you regret it, no way to forget it, but let me assure you you're now set to work for life as I make a public announcement PR lie, defamation? Makes more famous if it's all in good inflation, country rode, west Virginia, Alabama, sorry, did I sue and ban ya? They save 'save the trees', but who will pay for your funeral fees? I'll make a deal if you'll make an appeal, removal is for your approval, I'm just here for the top dollar, making money off your shoulder, who knew such a tycoon could cause a monsoon? Guess we'll see soon in episode 2..."

                                                                                                                  • Sidney Robinson
                                                                                                                    Sidney Robinson  6 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                    im on John Olivers side sorry.

                                                                                                                    • Jon Brewer
                                                                                                                      Jon Brewer  6 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                      I appreciate your precise use of the English language, thank you for the info.

                                                                                                                      • Boba0514
                                                                                                                        Boba0514  6 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                        Pretty sure you have only worn tailor-made suits if you're actually a lawyer, but 400 really is pretty good

                                                                                                                        • Lisa Hall
                                                                                                                          Lisa Hall  6 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                          Bob Murray? Isn't he the guy who took radioactive waste from Rocky Flats and dumped it into the Denver water supply via the Lowry Landfill Superfund Site?

                                                                                                                          • Alan Filoteo
                                                                                                                            Alan Filoteo  6 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                            whoever you paid to light your setup 👏

                                                                                                                            • BunzeeBear
                                                                                                                              BunzeeBear  6 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                              I got bored after 2 minutes of SLAP AND ANTI SLAP as there was no PUNCHING OR KICKING IN THE BALLS.

                                                                                                                              • Jgburch
                                                                                                                                Jgburch  6 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                What is the legal definition of a public figure? Would the head of the local Garden Club who is interviewed by a reporter be a public figure. What is that Garden Club president takes to the street to actively protest legislation dealing with gardening?

                                                                                                                                • Wondering IN NY
                                                                                                                                  Wondering IN NY  6 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                  Didn't John Oliver cover this?

                                                                                                                                  • SatinSplash
                                                                                                                                    SatinSplash  6 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                    The only SLAPP I like is on a bass 😤

                                                                                                                                    • [EmP] toiletduck
                                                                                                                                      [EmP] toiletduck  Күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                      Davie504 has entered the chat.

                                                                                                                                      • Victor Leal
                                                                                                                                        Victor Leal  6 күн бұрын

                                                                                                                                        That plug in the end was brilliant.

                                                                                                                                        • Marc H
                                                                                                                                          Marc H  6 күн бұрын

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