Law proposed to prevent ‘libel tourism’

In “Attack of the Libel Tourists,” The Washington Post warns of an increasingly common practice of offended parties outside the United States looking for hospitable venues for suing U.S. media sources for libel. The primary culprit is Britain, where “judges more often than not allow [libel suits] to proceed on flimsy jurisdictional grounds.” Proposed U.S. legislation “would empower U.S. judges to block enforcement of a foreign libel judgment if it does not comport with U.S. standards. It also would allow an author or publisher whose work has been vindicated in a U.S. court to sue a libel tourist for damages.”

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