Weil, Gotshal Prevails In Important Lawsuit

Monday, September 1, 2008 - 00:00

Weil, Gotshal & Manges secured summary judgment for long-time client ESPN in its litigation with boxing promoter Don King and Don King Productions in connection with a documentary television program broadcast in 2004. King's lawsuit charged ESPN and affiliated networks and broadcasters with defamation and false light invasion of privacy over statements made during ESPN Classic SportsCentury program.

King claimed that the program had damaged his reputation and his business and had caused him mental anguish. He sought $2.5 billion in damages.

Judge Robert A. Rosenberg of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court in Broward County, Florida, granted summary judgment in a 10-page decision, finding that plaintiffs could not establish "actual malice," or prove that any of the statements about King on the program were false, both of which are essential prerequisites for defamation and false light causes of action.

Weil Gotshal's litigation team was led by partner James Quinn.