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Paterno v. Superior Court (Ampersand Publishing), G038555

In the context of defamation actions subject to the constitutional malice standard, when a plaintiff fails to demonstrate that allegedly defamatory statements are "provably" false factual assertions, no "good cause" exists to conduct discovery concerning actual malice.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/13/2008
  • Published 06/13/2008



  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Holland & Knight, Charles D. Tobin, Judith F. Bonilla and Shelley G. Hurwitz, Los Angeles, for Petitioner., Dreier Stein & Kahan, Stanton L. Stein, Samuel R. Pryor, Lauren Sudar and Jesse M. Leff, Santa Monica, for Real Party in Interest.

  • For Appellees:
  • No appearance for Respondent.
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