LION Summit

Legal Issues Workshop: Libel and Invasion of Privacy

1 — 2:30 p.m., Breakout B - Wabash

In this workshop we will discuss how you can reduce your risk of being sued for defamation and invasion of privacy while still engaging in robust reporting. The workshop will cover what the plaintiff has to prove in a libel case, defenses that you might have under the First Amendment and common law, the differences in defending cases brought by public and private figures, and the effect of corrections, denials, implications of fact and using anonymous sources. We’ll also talk about lawsuits based on the publication of truthful but embarrassing or private facts.

Speakers: George Freeman, Media Law Resource Center; Natalie J. Spears, Dentons US LLP