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Herbert v. Lando


This decision was an important one in a chain of appellate cases delineating the boundaries of the press's right to publish information about private and public figures, and the burden of a plaintiff in a defamation case. The Supreme Court, contrary to defendants' arguments, did not believe that allowing the plaintiff to pursue the requested discovery would have a "chilling effect" on the press, nor cause the press undue or extra costs in producing the evidence requested.

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Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1973 to 1980Herbert v. Lando - Significance, Significant Facts, The State Of The Law In 1979, The Court's Analysis