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DLE defamation attorneys Phillip J. Zisook and Brian D. Saucier recently successfully defended our client, Chicory Media, LLC, in Harrison County, Texas, where Chicory Media was being sued for defamation. In Head v. Chicory Media, LLC et al., Christina Head a/k/a Christina Robinson, a participant in the MTV reality show "16 and Pregnant," sued multiple media entities, including Chicory Media LLC, which operates the popular internet celebrity news website Starcasm.net. Head claimed that she was defamed because Starcasm published excerpts from her deceased fiance's Facebook page, which contained postings by his mother expressing doubts that his drowning death was an accident. Head claimed that Starcasm's article falsely accused her of participating in her fiance's murder. The fiance's drowning death was highlighted in both the promotions for "16 and Pregnant" and in the episode of the show featuring Head. Prior to Starcasm's article, numerous media publications reported on Head's tragic story in "16 and Pregnant" and the drowning death of her fiance while the season was being filmed. On July 12, 2013, the district court for the 71st Judicial District of Harrison County, Texas granted Chicory Media's Motion to Dismiss, finding that Head's Complaint constituted an impermissible strategic lawsuit against public participation (a "SLAPP"). Chicory Media's argued that Head, as a reality TV participant, was a limited purpose public figure who interjected her fiance's drowning death as a focal point of her story and MTV's promotion of the show, and that Chicory Media's publication was a matter of public concern. On September 25, 2013, the court also granted Chicory Media's Motion for Sanctions and awarded Chicory Media its attorneys' fees pursuant to the Texas Citizen Participation Act.On September 25, 2013 the court also granted our Motion for Sanctions and awarded Chicory Media its attorneys' fees per the Texas Citizen Participation Act. For more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Click here to read the story as reported on Starcasm.net.