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A look at how often tabloids are sued as Blake Shelton case against InTouch moves forward

Recording Artist Blake Shelton performs at Warner Music Nashville's
Recording Artist Blake Shelton performs at Warner Music Nashville's "Pickin' On The Patio" Series at Warner Music Nashville on September 23, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Country music star and ‘The Voice’ judge Blake Shelton will be allowed to move ahead with his lawsuit against the company that publishes InTouch Weekly, after a headline on the cover of the magazine’s September issue suggesting that Shelton had a drinking problem and had entered rehab.

Shelton he’s never been to rehab nor does he have a drinking problem, and claims the In Touch cover damaged his reputation by making false claims.

Attorneys for Bauer Publishing say they’ll appeal the tentative ruling by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder, should it become official, and argue that there is plenty of evidence to support their claim of Shelton’s excessive drinking.

Judge Snyder has urged both sides to settle the case outside of court. The lawsuit raises questions of how far tabloids can go with the claims they make about celebrities, how often tabloids are sued in this manner, and at what point sensationalism turns into defamation.


Michael Overing, principal of The Law Offices of Michael Overing and an adjunct professor of media law at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism