Monday, August 30, 2010

Midwife Delivers $1m Libel Suit to New York Magazine

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In Cara Muhlhahn v. Andrew Goldman & New York Media LLC (Case No. 10102846), a  Manhattan midwife is seeking $1 million in damages in a defamation suit filed in the Supreme Court of New York against New York magazine and a journalist over a 2009 article entitled "Extreme Birth."

The seven-page complaint alleges that the article "contained statements that were fabricated or based on unverified sources as well as allegations about which there were obvious reasons to doubt the accuracy or truth thereof." The plaintiff claims the article portrayed her as reckless. The defendants have filed a motion to dismiss the complaint, arguing the statements at issue were not susceptible to a defamatory meaning as they either constituted opinion or were accurate statements concerning the plaintiff's purported divergence from medical opinion.

The case has been written about on the Web sites of Jezebel and the  NY Observer.

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