10 Comm. Law. 1 (1992-1993)

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CPublication of the Forum
on Communications Law
American Bar Association
Volume 10, Number 1, Spring 1992  w       W,

Libel Law Reform: Necessary or Not?
In the following OUTLOOK column, Professor David Anderson explores the shortcomings and strengths of
the existing system of libel law in the United States and Dean Randall Bezanson (in comments excerpted
from an address made to the Libel Defense Resource Center) considers the pros and cons of modifying this
system through uniform libel legislation.

Who Needs Libel Reform?
BY DAVID ANDERSON*
Libel law.should be reformed only if it doesn't work.
Eveyone agrees this area of the law is a mess, but
ugliness isn't a sufficient reason to throw out a body
of law that has been 700 years in the making. If it
works reasonably well-or no worse than the pro-
Continued on page 15

Legislative Reform and Libel Law
BY RANDALL P. BEZANSON*
I am flattered to have been asked to address the
question of legislative reform of libel law before this
distinguished group. I might ordinarily have also said
that it is a pleasure to be here, but perhaps a meas-
ure of caution is warranted on that score. I suspect
Continued on page 18

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