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Authors

Mark D. Walton

Document Type

Article

Media Type

Text

Abstract

This article focuses new attention oi the United States Supreme Court decision in Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc., the seminal defamation case in which the Court sets out the current test for determining whether a defamation plaintiff is a public figure. The Courts of Appeals have differed in their formulations of the Gertz test, which in turn has led to inconsistent application of the public figure doctrine. Through an examination of the history of defamation law and an analysis of recent lower court public figure decisions, the author posits that the Gertz test is unlikely to ever be universally applied.

First Page

141

Last Page

174

Publication Date

11-1-1995

Department

Other

ISSN

0734-1490

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University Law Review

Included in

Law Commons

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