Resolving Libel Disputes Out of Court: The Libel Dispute Resolution Program

REFORMING LIBEL LAW, John Soloski, Randall P. Bezanson, eds., Guilford Press, 1992

Posted: 20 Dec 2010

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Roselle Wissler

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

Randall P. Bezanson

University of Iowa College of Law

John Soloski

University of Iowa - School of Journalism

Gilbert Cranberg

University of Iowa - School of Journalism

Date Written: 1992

Abstract

The chapter begins with a description of an experimental, voluntary program for resolving media libel disputes out of court and explains why the program was created. The chapter then focuses on the findings of an empirical study that examined parties’ reactions to the program and the factors that affected its use. Parties’ interest in using the ADR program was influenced by their lawyers’ recommendations regarding the program, which were affected by the lawyers’ familiarity with and attitudes toward ADR. Parties’ motives and objectives for the litigation also affected their willingness to use the program. The stage of litigation also played a role. Difficulties getting parties to the table are discussed, as are features that might broaden the appeal of an ADR program.

Keywords: libel, alternative dispute resolution, empirical research

Suggested Citation

Wissler, Roselle and Bezanson, Randall P. and Soloski, John and Cranberg, Gilbert, Resolving Libel Disputes Out of Court: The Libel Dispute Resolution Program (1992). REFORMING LIBEL LAW, John Soloski, Randall P. Bezanson, eds., Guilford Press, 1992 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1728960

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)

John Soloski

University of Iowa - School of Journalism ( email )

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

Gilbert Cranberg

University of Iowa - School of Journalism ( email )

Seashore Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States

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