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Belli v. Orlando Daily Newspaper, Inc.
Citation:389 F.2d 579 (5th Cir. 1967)
Jean Yothers (defendant), a columnist for Orlando Daily Newspapers, Inc. (defendant), was told a false story about Melvin Belli (plaintiff), a well-known attorney, by another attorney, Leon Handley (defendant). The published story, with embellishments from Yothers, stated that nine years ago the plaintiff was invited to speak on a panel by the Florida Bar Association. The Bar Association did not pay the plaintiff for speaking, but did agree to pay for his hotel room. The plaintiff and his wife then ran up a significant clothing bill charged to the plaintiff’s hotel room. The plaintiff sued the defendants for libel and slander.
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