Campus Assault Book Is Protected Opinion: HarperCollins

HarperCollins Publishers LLC on Wednesday urged an Illinois federal judge to toss a graduate student’s defamation and invasion of privacy suit against the company and the author of a book on campus sexual assault, saying the student can’t lob such allegations against them because the passages about her are the author’s constitutionally protected opinion.

HarperCollins’ attorney Katherine Bolger also told U.S. District Judge John Blakey that the anonymous student, identified by pseudonym in Northwestern University professor Laura Kipnis’ book “Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus,”...

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