HBO Faces Huge Defamation Trial Over “Hoax” Child Labor ReportApril 3, 2015 – In The News
Lincoln Bandlow was featured in The Hollywood Reporter article, “HBO Faces Huge Defamation Trial Over "Hoax" Child Labor Report.” Full text can be found in the April 3, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is noted below.
In a recent HBO show, children are depicted as maltreated laborers for a popular soccer ball and sports equipment manufacturer. The sports company took HBO to court, despite HBO’s claims that the show is clearly staged and exaggerated.
In court, it was ruled that the sports company is not technically a public figure. This sparked a call for an emergency appeal from almost 30 major news organizations since it creates a great amount of uncertainty in the media. The appeal will likely take place after the trial.
Regarding the media’s involvement, Lincoln Bandlow with Fox Rothschild stated, ““Stay tuned because even though statistically, about 75 percent of the time, the media defendant gets hit at trial, about the same 75 percent of the time, that gets reversed on appeal.”