Hearst Corp. Defeats Arrestee's Class Defamation Claims

Law360, Los Angeles (August 5, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT) -- The Hearst Corp., its affiliates and other local media companies defeated a putative defamation class action in Connecticut federal court on Monday filed by a woman who claimed she was smeared by stories of her arrest, which was later expunged.

U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea granted the media companies’ motion to dismiss the action Monday, rejecting Lorraine Martin’s argument that news stories about her arrest defamed her. The stories were true when published, but Martin argued that once the criminal charges against her were dismissed,...
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