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October 21, 2017

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Judging Journalism: Undercover at Food Lion
Last Featured: 4/25/2001

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Overview

Using false resumes to get jobs at a Food Lion supermarket, ABC reported that the store was selling rat-gnawed cheese and rotten meat. Food Lion sued for fraud and and won a North Carolina jury award of over $5 million in damages. Despite an appeals court reversal, suits against the media for the way the media operates (rather than the content of the reports) have proliferated. Join us as we discuss the limits of free speech. Where does good journalism end and fraud begin?


Guests
Neville Johnson is an attorney with the law firm of Johnson and Rishwain in Los Angeles where he specializes in litigation involving the rights of privacy, entertainment law, and intellectual property. A graduate of Southwestern University School of law, Neville has lectured and written about invasion of privacy torts and the First Amendment. Recently, he won a million-dollar judgment against ABC for invasion of privacy and is representing several additional plaintiffs in lawsuits against media companies.

Bruce Johnson ,a litigator and partner in the Seattle law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, has been involved in a number to important cases involving the First Amendment rights of the media, representing such parties as the Seattle Times, CNN, 60 Minutes and CBS, Inc. A graduate of Yale Law School, Bruce has repeatedly published articles about First Amendment Issues and defamation and is the Chair-Elect of the American Bar Association's Media and Defamation Law Torts Committee. Woodward/Whiteâs The Best Lawyers in America included Bruce among the

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"The men with the muckrakes are often indispensable to the well being of society, but only if they know when to stop the muck, and to look upward to the celestial crown above them . . .. If they gradually grow to feel that the whole world is nothing but muck, their power of usefulness is gone."

— President Theodore Roosevelt

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