Clare Locke LLP - Defamation Litigation
Megan L. Meier is a founding partner of Meier Watkins Phillips Pusch, an elite defamation law firm that handles the nation’s highest profile libel and trade libel matters. She and her law partners sued Fox News in historic defamation litigation over the network’s dangerous disinformation about the 2020 election. Their litigation resulted in a record-breaking $787.5 million settlement and a summary judgment finding that Fox News had broadcast false claims about election fraud. Hailed as “an extraordinary advocate” and “a shaper in her industry,” Megan has also racked up big wins for tech companies, executives, and founders, such as a multi-million-dollar payout for a CEO and venture capitalist who was falsely accused of fraud during a proxy fight.
What does she recommend to clients facing high-profile reputational attacks? “A defamation lawsuit may ultimately be the right choice,” but “it should be the last resort,” Meier says. “Whenever possible, I work collaboratively with PR professionals and journalists to stop the publication of misinformation in the first place.” She has persuaded publishers not to print false and misleading stories about organizations and their leaders in a wide range of industries ranging from manufacturing to tech to the international nonprofit sector.
When false accusations find their way into the public domain, Meier leverages her extensive experience with high-stakes defamation litigation to secure corrections and retractions that others can’t, such as a public apology and multi-million-dollar settlement to a progressive Muslim think tank. She has also obtained corrections and retractions from a host of national publishers, including The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Hill, Politico, The Register, Business Insider, and The Daily Mail, among others.