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Inc. Westmoreland v. CBS

Significance, Impact, Out Of Court Settlements, Further Readings


General William C. Westmoreland


CBS, Inc., Mike Wallace, George Crile, Sam Adams, Van Gordon Sauter

Plaintiff's Claim

That a television documentary broadcast by CBS concerning the conduct of the Vietnam War libeled Westmoreland.

Chief Lawyers for Plaintiff

Dan M. Burt, David M. Dorsen

Chief Defense Lawyers

David Boies, Stuart W. Gold


Pierre N. Leval


New York, New York

Date of Decision

18 February 1985


The case was settled out of court before going to the jury.

Related Cases

  • New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964).
  • Rosenblatt v. Baer, 393 U.S. 75 (1966).
  • Curtis Publishing Co. v. Butts, 388 U.S. 130 (1967).
  • Rosenbloom v. Metromedia, 403 U.S. 29 (1971).
  • Sharon v. Time, Inc., 599 F.Supp. 538 (S.D.N.Y. 1984).


West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Volume two. New York: West Publishing, 1998.

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