My question involves defamation in the state of: Various, see below
I am doing a bit of research on defamation and libel. I am having trouble locating statistics on the cases. I am looking to see what percentage of cases are brought to trial, how many actually end up in a law suit, settle out of court, etc.
Of the research I have found, most involve media cases, but usually do not bring up other cases, ie internet, small, mid sized business, individuals, etc. Is this because they are simply too difficult to prosecute, or costly for the small guy? Or is this because they are not published.
It seems the first amendment plays into defamation/libel in this country. If this is true, are the big differences between a conservative state vs a liberal state? Ie, Mass or NY vs TX.
Any help or a point in the right direction will be appreciated. Google pointed me into too many directions.