Climate scientist triumphs in defamation lawsuit against bloggers
In a landmark case, climate scientist Michael Mann won more than $1 million in a defamation lawsuit against bloggers who falsely accused him of data manipulation.
- Michael Mann was awarded more than $1 million by a jury for defamation by bloggers who likened him to a convicted child molester.
- The verdict highlights the ongoing harassment faced by scientists in climate change, vaccine research, and other fields.
- Despite concerns about free speech, the case clarifies the legal boundaries of defamation in scientific debate.
“I hope this verdict sends a message that falsely attacking climate scientists is not protected speech.”
— Michael Mann, climate scientist.
Why this matters:
This victory is significant for the scientific community, emphasizing the importance of protecting researchers from unfounded and harmful allegations as well as ensuring that public discourse on vital issues like climate change remains informed and respectful.