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MLRC Forum 2017

Is Libel Back?
November 8, 2017, 4:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
(Before the MLRC Dinner & Reception)

Grand Hyatt NYC, Broadway Room, Conference Level C

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(MLRC Members Only)


Is Libel Back is a pertinent question in light of the seeming increase in libel filings in the past year. We will get some quantitative data on that question and, mainly, discuss why this trend is happening.

  • Have Trump’s attacks on the media emboldened plaintiffs and put the media in a weaker and more vulnerable position?
  • As a result, do plaintiffs think juries are more likely to rule against the media, and was Trump’s fake news campaign a factor in ABC’s settling the Pink Slime case for record shattering damages?
  • Is the 24/7 news cycle, the internet’s need for speed or leaner news staffs responsible for more mistakes being made?
  • Is financing of such suits by billionaires maybe seeking revenge on a publication contributing to this trend?
  • And what are we going to do about all this?

These and other questions will be discussed by a great panel of Bob Lystad, who will report on these trends from an insurance co. point of view; David McCraw of The New York Times, who will discuss the recently filed and dismissed libel case against The Times by Sarah Palin; Lynn Oberlander, who will look at these questions from the digital front; Liz McNamara, who litigated the UVA trial and has a national perspective on these issues; and Eriq Gardner of The Hollywood Reporter, who covered the Pink Slime case and many other libel matters in the past year. MLRC Executive Director George Freeman will moderate.

As usual at our Forum, there will be plenty of opportunity for audience participation.

Free for MLRC members, but space is limited.

Is Libel Back?
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