Davis Wright, Hearst Win Defamation Suit Over Satirical Article About "Birthers"

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On Monday lawyers from Davis Wright and The Hearst Corporation won a motion to dismiss a case against the company and Esquire Magazine brought by leaders of the "birther" movement, who do not believe President Barack Obama was born in the United States. A federal district judge agreed with the defendants' contention that an article about the plaintiffs that was posted on Esquire's Web site was satire, and therefore protected speech under the First Amendment.

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