Celesq® Attorneys Ed Center

Defamation in the Time of COVID-19

Program Number: 3130

Program Date: 02/02/2021


As COVID-19 continues to threaten public health, worldwide, and serves as a major concern for individuals, questions surrounding the health of those interacting with the public, on a daily basis, are at the forefront of our discourse. This begs the question: Is a statement falsely advising that a person has contracted COVID-19 defamatory? This program will examine the elements required to maintain a claim for defamation in the context of COVID-19. The discussion will examine the challenges of proving whether a person has been defamed, examine the history of the loathsome disease category of defamation per se and its applicability to COVID-19 and damages associated with a statement regarding a person contracting COVID-19. Participants will gain an understanding of the legal elements required to prove a claim for defamation as well as the hurdles to prevail on such a claim as it relates to the pandemic.

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California, Colorado Eligible, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 1.00 General CLE credit
60 minute credit hour - 1.00 General CLE credit

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Karen D. Fultz-Robinson, Esq.

Sheehe & Associates, P.A.

For over two decades, Ms. Fultz’s practice has focused on state and federal commercial and business litigation, subrogation and recovery litigation (products liability), and business development. She has tried several cases and recovered millions of dollars for corporate clients. Ms. Fultz was recently appointed to serve as a special master in Hillsborough County Circuit Civil Court.

Before joining Sheehe & Associates, P.A., Ms. Fultz served as an Assistant Dean and Professor at Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Tampa). She was also a partner with the law firm Cozen O’Connor in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Cozen O’Connor, Ms. Fultz exemplified her leadership skills by serving as the pro bono coordinator for the firm’s Atlanta office, chair of the Women Initiative Committee for Cozen O’Connor’s Atlanta and Charlotte offices, and as a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee. In 2005 and 2006, Ms. Fultz was selected as a member of the Who’s Who of Black Atlanta and in 2011 she was named as one of the Nation’s Best 40 Advocates under 40 by the National Bar Association.
Through her continued commitment to serve in voluntary bar associations, Ms. Fultz was elected as president of the Gate City Bar Association in Atlanta in 2005, served as a board member for the Atlanta Legal Diversity Consortium and was elected as a member-at-large for the Atlanta Bar Association. In Florida, Ms. Fultz was active in the George Edgecomb Bar Association and Hillsborough County Bar Associations. In 2016, she was appointed to the Corporate Board forthe B oys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay.

Ms. Fultz’s published works include Workers' Compensation Recovery Issues - Conflicts of Law in Georgia: Can You Intervene to Protect a Foreign State's Lien? (Subrogator, Jan. 11, 2006); Claimant Beware: Construction Defects to Real Property Georgia Statute of Repose vs. Statute of Limitations (Subrogation and Recovery Law Blog, Dec. 7, 2009); How Do You Or Your Insurance Carrier Recover Damages? (Southern Loss Association, July 2011). Ms. Fultz has also authored Finding Subrogation in the Midst of the Storm, (Oct. 2016), Can An Employee Sue The Employer Or Co-Employee If The Employee Contracts Covid-19 While “At Work”? (March 2020), Can The “Shelter In Place” Orders Lawfully Change Existing Contracts (i.e. prevention of evictions, fees or interest penalties)? (April 2020), and Legislative Efforts to Reform AOB Litigation Leave Unresolved Questions in Florida, (Lawyer Monthly, Dec. 23, 2020).


Johanna Sheehe, Esq.

Sheehe & Associates, P.A.

Johanna Sheehe is a litigator with experience defending insurance companies, corporations, and homeowners. Her practice comprises commercial litigation, insurance defense, including third-party and first-party claims, and equine law. In her third-party practice, Ms. Sheehe has defended homeowners against claims of negligence and wrongful death. Ms. Sheehe’s first-party practice spans the State of Florida and has focused on claims arising out of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Michael. Throughout her career, she has served clients in a variety of industries including retail, insurance, and real estate.

Prior to joining Sheehe & Associates, P.A., Ms. Sheehe was an associate at a large international law firm in Los Angeles, California. While there, Ms. Sheehe gained broad experience by litigating complex employment and commercial lawsuits, including claims related to alleged wage and hour violations and commercial class actions involving alleged false advertising and fraudulent marketing. Ms. Sheehe also served on the Associates Board of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles where she worked to provide legal services to underrepresented communities and increase pro bono participation among young attorneys in the Los Angeles area.