Resolving Libel Cases Out of Court

Judicature, Vol. 71, p. 197, 1988

5 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2010 Last revised: 25 Dec 2010

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Roselle Wissler

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

Randall P. Bezanson

University of Iowa College of Law

Gilbert Cranberg

University of Iowa - School of Journalism

John Soloski

University of Iowa - School of Journalism

Date Written: 1988

Abstract

The article begins with a brief discussion of the assumptions and goals underlying media libel law. Then the findings of an empirical study are discussed, showing that the libel litigation system neither accomplishes its goals nor meets the needs of the parties. The study also suggested that an alternative process that offers a more efficient and straightforward resolution of the dispute would be consistent with the interests of a majority of parties. Research findings concerning various alternative dispute resolution processes are discussed. An experimental, voluntary, nonlitigation alternative program created to resolve libel disputes outside the courts is described, along with a case that illustrates the potential benefits of such an alternative process.

Keywords: libel, alternative dispute resolution, litigation

Suggested Citation

Wissler, Roselle and Bezanson, Randall P. and Cranberg, Gilbert and Soloski, John, Resolving Libel Cases Out of Court (1988). Judicature, Vol. 71, p. 197, 1988, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1727698

Roselle Wissler (Contact Author)

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University ( email )

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Randall P. Bezanson

University of Iowa College of Law ( email )

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Gilbert Cranberg

University of Iowa - School of Journalism ( email )

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John Soloski

University of Iowa - School of Journalism ( email )

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Iowa City, IA 52242
United States
319-335-5832 (Phone)

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