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Fawcett Publications, Inc. v. Morris
Oklahoma Supreme Court
377 P.2d 42 (1962)
Fawcett Publications, Inc. (Fawcett) (defendant) published a magazine called True. Fawcett had a contract with Mid-Continent News Company (defendant) to distribute True, and the distribution territory included parts of Oklahoma. True ran an article claiming that the Oklahoma University football team used amphetamines and other illegal drugs. Dennit Morris (plaintiff), a fullback on the team, was not specifically named in the article. However, an average reader knowledgeable about the football team would have known that Morris was on the team. Morris sued for libel per se. At trial, the judge ordered a verdict against Fawcett. Fawcett appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Jackson, J.)
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