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Jan 22, 2015

Jury Awards Damages for Communist Label

A California jury has awarded $4.5 million in libel damages to a Vietnamese-language newspaper whose CEO was called a communist and an agent of the Vietnamese government in a column in the competing Little Saigon News.

The plaintiff argued that falsely labellng someone as a communist has a particular resonance in the Vietnamese-American community.

The same argument was successfully used in prior cases in California, Minnesota and Washington.



1 comments :

Eric P. Robinson said...

The Organe County Register has an interesting story on the background and context of this case. It also reports that the $4.5 million verdict could bankrupt the newspaper, and that it will appeal.

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