Libel Cases Up Last Year

By: Joe Strupp

More libel trials were conducted in the United States in 2001 than in 2000, but media defendants won cases more often last year than in the previous year, according to the Libel Defense Resource Center’s (LDRC) “2002 Report on Trials and Damages.”

The recently released report states that there were 17 libel trials in 2001, compared with 13 in 2000. But defendants prevailed in 50% of the cases last year, compared with 46.2% the year before.

The report can be ordered via the LDRC’s Web site (

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