Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell + Vasallo, P.C.

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The law of defamation attempts to reconcile our society's deeply held belief in the value of a free press and protected expression under the First Amendment, with its equally strong belief in individual rights and the value of reputation.  Our law has struggled to define the proper accommodation between these clashing ideals. Through a complicated and imperfect system of balancing tests, the law secures a degree of protection for individual rights, although it limits recovery of damages to instances where the media defames without proper investigation of the facts.

We guide our clients through that system, not as litigators after a lawsuit is commenced, but before publication occurs. Our clients include print and digital publishers, authors of fiction and non-fiction, producers of television series, and producers of theatrical motion pictures. We focus not only on what our clients cannot say, but also on what they can say with a reasonable margin of safety while delivering their messages with verve and strength.

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