Radio Atty's Remark About Firings Not Defamatory: Court

Law360, New York (January 9, 2012, 7:33 PM EST) -- A California appeals court upheld the dismissal of allegations that a radio station's former counsel made defamatory remarks by referring to the station's firing of black staffers as “ethnic cleansing,” according to the Friday opinion, which said the remarks were hyperbolic and did not support a defamation claim.

The appeals court supported a lower court's determination that KPFA radio station director Daniel Siegel was not on the hook for his comments, saying Siegel's speech was indeed protected by a statute against so-called strategic lawsuits against public...
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