Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Judge Dismisses Defamation Lawsuit Against Rolling Stone

U. S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel has dismissed a lawsuit brought by three Phi Kappa Psi fraternity members at the University of Virginia against the paper Rolling Stone, who alleged that its story detailing a rape that occurred at the school defamed them. The judge ruled that statements the plaintiffs claimed libeled them were not factual and so could not be defamatory. In addition, Rolling Stone did not name the plaintiffs. Rolling Stone has since retracted the article, which at least two investigations (one by the Columbia Journalism Review and one by local police) have discredited. More here from The Chronicle of Higher Education and here from the Chicago Tribune.

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