United States Seventh Circuit

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WILKOW v. FORBES, INC., 00-2519

Defendant's published article alleging that plaintiff "pleaded poverty" and could not repay a bank loan, resulting in a bankruptcy petition, was not defamatory since the article was based upon details available in public documents, and an author's opinion about business ethics is not defamatory under Illinois law.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 01/12/2001
  • Decided 02/20/2001
  • Published 02/20/2001


  • EASTERBROOK, Circuit Judge., Before EASTERBROOK, ROVNER, and DIANE P. WOOD, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Bruce S. Sperling (argued), Sperling, Slater & Spitz, Paul K. Vickrey, Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Chicago, IL, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • David P. Sanders (argued), Jenner & Block, Chicago, IL, for Defendants-Appellees.