Gawker Can't Shed Libel Suit Over Graduation Flasher Post

Law360, New York (August 26, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT) -- A North Carolina federal judge has refused to drop a suit accusing Gawker Media LLC of publishing a libelous article about a high school student exposing herself at graduation, ruling the woman deserved a higher level of privacy protection than that of a public official.

Plaintiff Francis Araya sued Gawker in November 2012 after the site published an article on a photo in the Lake Norman High School yearbook of a girl that appeared to be "lifting her graduation gown and exposing her hooha," according to court documents. Araya claimed that the story and an accompanying photo that blacked out her...

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