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Aisenson v. American Broadcasting Company, Inc.
California Court of Appeal
269 Cal. Rptr. 379 (1990)
The Los Angeles affiliate of the American Broadcasting Company, Inc. (ABC) (defendant), KABC-TV (defendant), conducted an opinion poll of local attorneys’ opinions on the performance of Los Angeles Superior Court criminal-law judges. ABC ran several news stories noting that Judge David Aisenson (plaintiff) received the lowest ratings of all the judges in the poll. Aisenson’s overall average score on the 10-point scale was 4.4. Aisenson also received low scores for knowledge of the law and sentencing habits. The news story also included footage of Aisenson walking to his car, because Aisenson did not agree to be interviewed. Aisenson sued ABC, KABC-TV, and others, alleging that the news stories placed him in a false light. The trial court granted summary judgment to the defendants, and Aisenson appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Boren, J.)
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