Ruled not a journalist, Oregon blogger loses $2.5 million defamation suit in federal court

A blogger who wrote critical articles about an investment firm lost a $2.5 million defamation suit to the firm after an U.S. District Court judge ruled that she was not a journalist so not under the protection of the Oregon media shield law. She could not therefore withhold the identity of a source needed to verify the one statement that the judge found libelous. -db

From a commentary in Seattle Weekly, December 6, 2011, by Curtis Cartier.

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