ABC Beats Race Bias Suit Over 'The Bachelor' Castings

Law360, New York (October 15, 2012, 9:24 PM EDT) -- A Tennessee federal judge on Monday dismissed a proposed race bias class action against ABC Inc. and the producer behind the reality TV shows “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” ruling the show's casting decisions are protected by the First Amendment.

U.S. District Judge Aleta A. Trauger found that casting decisions are “part and parcel of the creative process behind a television program” and merit the speech protections under the First Amendment.

In addition, forcing ABC to cast more minorities in “The Bachelor” would open a number...
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