Chau v. Lewis, et al., No. 13-1217 (2d Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
Plaintiffs, Wing F. Chau and his company, filed suit against author Michael Lewis, his source, Steven Eisman, and Lewis's publisher for twenty-six allegedly defamatory statements in Lewis's book "The Big Short." On appeal, plaintiff challenged the district court's grant of defendants' motion for summary judgment and dismissal of each of plaintiffs' claims. The court concluded that the law of defamation in New York is predicated on the free exchange of ideas and viewpoints; that marketplace can wound one's pride - for words can offend or insult - but simple slights are not the stuff of defamation; and, in this case, Chau's feelings may be hurt but his claims were rightly dismissed by the district court. The court considered all of plaintiffs' contentions and found them without merit. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment of the district court.