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.


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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