Alternative Strategies for Resolving Libel Claims Quickly

Communication Law, Vol. 5, p. 8, 1987

Posted: 20 Dec 2010

See all articles by Roselle Wissler

Roselle Wissler

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

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: 1987

Abstract

The article begins with a discussion of the findings of an empirical study that found a disjunction between the underlying assumptions and goals of media libel law, on the one hand, and the real interests of the parties and what the system actually accomplishes, on the other. The research also indicated that an alternative process would be consistent with the interests of a majority of libel plaintiffs and defendants by providing a more straightforward, less intrusive, and quicker resolution of the dispute. The article describes an experimental, voluntary, nonlitigation alternative program that was created as one potential solution to the problems of the libel litigation system.

Keywords: libel, alternative dispute resolution, litigation

Suggested Citation

Wissler, Roselle and Bezanson, Randall P. and Cranberg, Gilbert and Soloski, John, Alternative Strategies for Resolving Libel Claims Quickly (1987). Communication Law, Vol. 5, p. 8, 1987. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1728808

Roselle Wissler (Contact Author)

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

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States

Randall P. Bezanson

University of Iowa College of Law ( email )

Boyd Law Building
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States
319-335-9171 (Phone)
319-335-9098 (Fax)

Gilbert Cranberg

University of Iowa - School of Journalism ( email )

Seashore Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States

John Soloski

University of Iowa - School of Journalism ( email )

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

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