8th Circ. Affirms Dismissal Of CBS Defamation Claims

Law360, New York (December 12, 2011, 7:33 PM EST) -- The Eighth Circuit on Friday upheld a decision that CBS Broadcasting Inc. and a reporter did not defame a man who was arrested for running a contest that allegedly violated Minnesota charitable gambling laws.

The three-judge panel determined that a Minnesota federal court correctly dismissed allegations that local CBS TV station WCCO TV and a reporter broadcast a news story containing defamatory statements about homebuilder Paul Stepnes' arrest and contest. The panel also upheld the dismissal of claims against Minneapolis and a police sergeant for civil...
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