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Wehling v. Columbia Broadcasting System

Case Conclusion Date: 12.13.1983

Practice Area: Libel & Slander

Outcome: Won 5th Circuit appeal in defamation case

Description: Lead appellate counsel for Defendant-Appellee CBS Inc. in a Fifth Circuit appeal of a summary judgment granted in its favor against defamation claims filed by Carl D. Wehling and his wife, based on a CBS Evening News broadcast which depicted him as a scam artist defrauding students in connection with government-insured student loans. The Fifth Circuit concluded that the district court had properly held that summary judgment against the Wehlings was appropriate, since under principles of collateral estoppel they were bound by prior criminal and civil findings which established the substantial truth of CBS News' allegations. The judgment throwing the Wehlings out of court was therefore affirmed. Wehling v. Columbia Broadcasting System, 721 F.2d 506 (5th Cir. 1983).

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