TITLE

THE LITTLE GUY IN THE BIG SUIT

AUTHOR(S)
J. S.
PUB. DATE
January 1983
SOURCE
Columbia Journalism Review;Jan/Feb1983, Vol. 21 Issue 5, p42
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article deals with a libel suit filed by Eastern Milk Producers Cooperative Association against the periodical "The Milkweed," and its editor and publisher, Peter L. Hardin, on July 23, 1981. The suit arose from an article, based on documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, recounting the deliberations by the U.S. Farmers Home Administration on an application filed by Eastern. On July 16, 1982, a federal judge in Syracuse, New York dismissed the suit stating that the alleged defamatory statements fall within the fair and true standard established by the state's Civil Rights Law. The litigation had lasted a full year. Fighting the case cost Hardin about $20,000, primarily in legal fees, and a full four months of working days. Twice during the year-long proceedings, he was compelled to combine issues of the periodical. His subscribers stayed with him and proved to be staunch supporters. He sent out appeals to subscribers asking them to subscribe for a friend or a neighbor, at a reduced rate, to help raise the cash needed to pay his legal and other expenses. Victorious and penurious, he celebrated the dismissal of the libel suit by throwing a party in a town park.
ACCESSION #
16250673

 

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