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Burnett v. National Enquirer, Inc.
Citation:144 Cal.App.3d 991, 193 Cal.Rptr. 206 (Cal. Ct. App. 1983)
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The National Enquirer published a paragraph in its gossip column on Burnett, alleging that Burnett acted boisterously at a restaurant. Burnett maintained that the paragraph was entirely false and demanded that the National Enquirer correct or retract the paragraph according to the Civil Code of California. The following month, the National Enquirer published a retraction, disavowing the previous month’s paragraph. Dissatisfied, Burnett nonetheless sued.
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