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Friday, Oct. 19, 2012

Suit against Sports Illustrated nixed

AP

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by former UCLA player Reeves Nelson against Time Inc., the parent company of Sports Illustrated, and a reporter who wrote a story about problems in the school's basketball program.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary Ann Murphy agreed with attorneys for the media conglomerate and reporter George Dohrmann that the complaint concerning the story — "Not the UCLA Way" — that appeared in the magazine's March 5 print edition, infringed on their clients' right to free speech. She also found that Dohrmann had numerous sources to back up the facts in his story.

"This man spent a lot of time and talked to a lot of people," Murphy said Wednesday.



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