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  •  Here's an interesting development (2+ / 0-)

    that resulted from these cases. Media outlets now routinely carry liability insurance. With our litigious society, it only makes sense. Naturally, the media outlets that get sued for liable have higher premiums. At any rate, though, many news organizations regularly pay premiums to hedge against that big payout that would put them out of business.

    Thanks as always for the series, Dog.

    Rest in Peace, Stephen T. Johns.

    by Casual Wednesday on Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 10:53:46 AM PDT

    •  I did not know that. I am not happy with this (3+ / 0-)

      compromise the Court made, but I am damned if I know what would make it better.

      Can you help the Dog get a Netroots Scholarship? -6.25, -6.10

      by Something the Dog Said on Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 10:56:33 AM PDT

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      •  Sadly I know that (2+ / 0-)

        because the paper that I used to work for was the defendant in a liable suit (not my fault, btw). An irate ex-husband's lawyer bought a classified ad seeking information about the ex-wife. The text of the ad was negative enough make the Mrs. look bad in the community. From the newspaper's end, no one caught the significance of the copy until it was too late.

        Even though we lost the case, I have to support the plaintiff. In my mind, protecting folks like that is the intent of the ruling. I'm just glad we had the insurance or I would have been out of a job for something I was not involved in.

        Rest in Peace, Stephen T. Johns.

        by Casual Wednesday on Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 11:12:34 AM PDT

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