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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Freakonomics Lawsuit Settlement May Be Near

According to a story in today's Chronicle of Higher Education, John R. Lott may be ready to settle that defamation lawsuit against Freakonomics author Steven D. Levitt. Terms of the settlement would require Mr. Levitt to send a letter to John B. McCall, the recipient of the original email in which Mr. Lott alleges he was defamed. That letter would clarify Mr. Levitt's original statements, but does not provide for any payments or an actual apology. The settlement also provides that Mr. Lott can appeal a judge's dismissal of the lawsuit on choice of law grounds. Read  more here in an article by Chronicle reporter David Glenn. Here are prior posts from April 20, 2006 and June 7 of this year.

[Thanks to Mr. Glenn for alerting me to this story].

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