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DISINFORMATION AND POLARIZATION: IS LIBEL LAW A CAUSE AND/OR A CURE?

On February 25, 2022, Clinic Director Clare Norins and UGA Professor Jonathan Peters moderated a panel discussion with Nora Benavidez (Free Press), Tom Clare (Clare Locke), and Lee Levine (retired from Ballard Spahr) about the benefits and challenges of using libel actions to combat false information on air and online. The conversation included whether the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to revisit New York Times v. Sullivan‘s actual malice standard for public figure defamation claims and selected alternative methods for reducing harmful false speech.

The panel was part of the 31st annual Georgia Bar, Media & Judiciary Conference, chaired by Peter Canfield of Jones Day.