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Monday, March 2, 2009

Hilden on the "Freakonomics" Lawsuit

FindLaw's Julie Hilden discusses the recent 7th Circuit decision that dismissed the defamation lawsuit against Steven Levitt, who cowrote the bestseller, Freakonomics. She thinks the court is right in one respect, and wrong in another--right to consider that if a word can be given an innocent meaning, it should do so, but questionable when it passed over the question of whether Mr. Levitt "repeated" a libelous statement without distancing himself adequately from it.

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