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Judge rejects PTC motion in WWF case
STAMFORD, Conn. -- A federal judge today rejected a motion by the Parents Television Council to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the PTC and others by World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc.

U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin in New York concluded that there was a sound legal basis for the WWFE suit and that it should go forward. "Assuming, as I must, that the allegations of the Amended Complaint are true for purposes of this motion, I conclude that WWFE has stated claims upon which relief can be granted," wrote Judge Chin.

WWFE sued the PTC in November 2000, charging PTC founder L. Brent Bozell III and others with defamation, tortious interference with business relations and copyright infringement.

As part of these activities, the PTC claimed that "WWF Smackdown!" could be linked to the deaths of four children and that more than 30 to 40 advertisers had withdrawn their advertising from WWF SmackDown!. The suit says the defendants made such false claims to WWFE advertisers in order to damage the company and, at the same time, raise money for themselves and promote their organization.

Judge Chin wrote that the PTC and the other defendants may not make false and defamatory statements under cover of the First Amendment. "The First Amendment does not protect statements that are false and defamatory, even if they are made in the context of a public debate about issues of general concern," he wrote.




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