Will a Judge's ruling against CNN make it easier to sue the media?
The lawsuit is Davide Carbone v. Cable News Network. Davide Carbone was the chief executive of West Palm Beach, Fla.-based St. Mary's Medical Center until CNN reported in June 2015 that
the infant mortality rate for open-heart surgery there was three times the national average. Reporters for Anderson Cooper's CNN show aggressively covered the death of babies at the hospital and even went to Carbone's home in an attempt to get comment. Instead, he closed his garage door on them. Later, he was forced to resign. His defamation lawsuit followed.
The plaintiff is disputing how CNN arrived at its infant mortality rate statistic. Carbone alleges that it should have been risk-adjusted, that CNN was doing an "apples-to-oranges comparison" when comparing St. Mary's Medical Center to the national average.
A defamation suit is allowed to survive in a defeat not only for the cable news network, but also for the MPAA.
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