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Defamation lawsuit against Vermont student journalists dismissed

A federal judge invoked a SLAPP law to dismiss a libel charge by a North Carolina politician who said his 2012 presidential campaign was sabotaged by a profile written by two St. Michael’s College students. SLAPP, Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, protect citizens against suits brought to silence public debate.

The former candidate sought over $50 million in attorney fees, advertising costs, punitive and other damages. -db

From the Student Press Law Center, January 18, 2013, by Daniel Moore.

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