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‘Law & Order’ Faces a Libel Case

Date: March 20, 2008
Author: Sewell Chan
QUOTE: Mr. Batra filed his lawsuit under a doctrine known as libel-in-fiction. To win his case, he must demonstrate that the identities of the real and fictional characters “must be so complete that the defamatory material” becomes a “plausible aspect” of the plaintiff’s real life, Justice Shafer wrote in her ruling, quoting case law.

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