The Florida Supreme Court has rejected false light as a legal cause of action, killing an $18.3 million award against a Florida newspaper in one case and limiting a lawsuit by Jews for Jesus over an online story in another case. The decisions in the two closely watched cases mean people in Florida who believe they were cast in a bad light in otherwise accurate reports have lost an avenue to challenge publishers. The court found that recognizing false light as a tort could chill free speech rights.
Fla. Supreme Court Rejects False Light as a Legal Cause of Action
Daily Business Review
October 24, 2008