CNN was just handed a legal setback that could spell trouble for other media companies, The Hollywood Reporter’s THR, Esq. reports.
In a decision Friday, “CNN suffered a bruising loss in an important appeal that will at the very least make it easier to sue the media in federal court in a handful of states including Georgia, where CNN is headquartered,” THR reports.
The decision by the Eleventh Circuit in a defamation case rejects how CNN and other media companies have demanded the special-dismissal provision of Georgia’s anti-SLAPP statute, THR reports.
“The appeal arises from a series of reports in June 2015 on the infant mortality rate for open-heart surgery at West Palm Beach, Florida-based St. Mary’s Medical Center,” THR reports. “That series, showcased on Anderson Cooper’s show, asserted that St. Mary’s ‘death rate’ was three times the national average — prompting defamation lawsuits.”
For details about the legal case, please click on the link above to THR to read the full report.