LA Times Ex-Publisher, Editor Dodge Fired Cartoonist’s Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (June 21, 2017, 10:36 PM EDT) -- A California judge on Wednesday dismissed a former Los Angeles Times publisher and three staffers from a fired cartoonist’s defamation suit, siding with the newspaper’s assertion that published pieces alleging inconsistencies in how the artist described a police encounter aren’t actionable under the First Amendment and state law.

Wednesday’s decision by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joseph R. Kalin trims the individual defendants from freelance cartoonist Ted Rall’s suit, which claims the newspaper, parent company Tribune Media and other related entities “recklessly and maliciously” challenged his journalistic integrity over a May 2015 blog post accompanying a published cartoon.

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