Libel Law: Finding the Right Balance


A flurry of multimillion-dollar libel awards captured the headlines in the late 1970s and early '80s. Most of these awards did not survive the appeals process, however. And in recent years, the courts have been ruling increasingly in the media's favor. But no matter who wins, libel cases are time-consuming and expensive, and representatives from both sides are looking for better ways to balance the rights of the media and those they cover.

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