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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Reportedly, Washington state court rules school district not liable for student newspaper report that local businessman is “slumlord”

Courthouse News Service reports that a lower court Judge ruled that Seattle School District No. 1 is not “vicariously liable” for allegedly defamatory statements in an article published in a student newspaper. In dismissing the suit, Judge Prochnau said, “As a matter of law, plaintiffs are unable to prove that, consistent with the First Amendment, the defendant Seattle School District should have censored the student’s speech.” The statement was also protected as opinion. The court's brief order can be found here.

Source: Courthouse News Service, 8/2/11, By June Williams

 

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