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96/02/02: "Relatives Sue 'Hit Man' Publisher, Say Manuals Were Used in Contract Murders," Product Safety & Liability Reporter (BNA), at 94 (publisher's alleged liability for book re contract killing):

"The case will test the extent of First Amendment protection, according to Lawrence Savell, an attorney who specializes in media law and product liability.

"He said that courts normally give a lot of leeway to the media. Although the complaint quoted some 'egregious' language from the manuals, a court would probably look at whether the books included a direct statement that a person should be killed, he said. For example, a book with the title Kill the President that included specific instructions might not be protected, he said. [Ed.'s Note: See Savell's Analysis and Perspective article, 'Products Liability Claims Against Publishers: Can Information be a Defective Product?,' 21 PSLR 1166. Savell is with Chadbourne & Parke LLP in New York.]"

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96/03: American Lawyer, at 109-111, 117 (several articles on defense of major products liability litigation)

96/04/05: "Personal Notes on Lawyers," New York Law Journal, at 2:

"Marjorie M. Glover, W. Colm McKeveny and Lawrence E. Savell have become counsel to Chadbourne & Parke LLP in its New York office."

96/06: "When are Journalists Entitled to Overtime Pay?," Editors Only, at 1-2:

"'The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides that employees covered by the FLSA are usually entitled to overtime compensation when they work extra hours,' asserts Lawrence

Savell, legal Counsel of the law firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP, in New York City. Savell specializes in products liability and media law defense and counseling.

"'However,' Savell points out, 'the FLSA exempts "executive, administrative and professional employees."' The issue, he says, is whether reporters are to be considered 'artistic' 'professionals' (a term of art) under the statute. Under the FLSA, notes Savell, it is the employer who bears the burden of proving that employees fall within this exemption.

"Cases in Point

"Savell cites several cases in which different courts reached varying decisions, based on the particular facts presented in each case. In Sherwood v. The Washington Post, 1994, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that a reporter for the Washington Post was not entitled to overtime pay. 'It concluded that the reporter, who was required to originate story ideas, maintain a wide network of sources, write engaging, imaginative prose, and produce stories containing thoughtful analysis of complex issues, was an "artistic" "professional" exempt from the overtime compensation requirements.' But in Reich v. Newspapers of New England, Inc., 1995, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled in favor of compensating newspaper reporters for overtime. 'It concluded that reporters for a community newspaper whose day-to-day duties consisted primarily of general assignment work, which required intelligence, diligence and accuracy rather than creativity, invention, and imagination, were not "artistic" "professionals" exempt from the overtime compensation requirements,' he says.

"After reviewing these and other related decisions, Savell compiled the following list of qualities to be considered regarding your own stable of journalists to, he says, arguably qualify them as 'artistic' 'professionals':

"Possible Criteria

"--Produce work which depends primarily on and requires consistent exercise of creativity, invention, imagination and talent (these are the key criteria, which should be fleshed out in detail, beyond just intelligence, diligence, and accuracy).

"--Perform work that is predominately (if not exclusively) original and creative in character, analytical, interpretative, and highly individualized.

"--Originate story ideas.

"--Develop and maintain a wide network of sources for difficult-to-obtain information.

"--Write engaging, imaginative prose.

"--Produce stories containing thoughtful analysis of complex issues.

"--Make complicated matters simple to readers.

"--Develop entirely fresh angles on topics.

"--Editorialize about and interpret events covered.

"--Consistently exercise discretion and judgment ('not a robot run by his editors' or a 'leg man sent under specific instructions' to cover particular stories).

"--'The type of fact-gathering that demands the skill or expertise of an investigative journalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer or Washington Post, or a bureau chief for the New York Times.'

"--'Editorial writers, columnists, critics, and 'topflight' writers of analytical and interpretive articles.'

"Essentially, he says, editors need to: 'Show that work done is not predominately functional in nature, and is far more than general assignment work, routine fact-gathering, recasting press releases or information taken from a police blotter, preparing skeletal obituaries or real estate transaction reports, reporting about routine community events such as lunch menus and church reports in standard format.'"

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96/06: "What is Libel and the Right of Privacy?," Brandeis Brief (regarding libel/privacy talk with high school journalism students):

"Three lawyers from the [Association of the Bar of the City of New York], . . . Mr. Larry Savell spoke to Ms. Epple's Journalism class."

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96/08/05: "Time Settles British Libel Suit," Folio: First Day, at 2:

"Also, although U.S. courts can refuse to enforce a foreign judgment where libel laws are significantly different from U.S. law, Time would have no such protection [in England] since the magazine is sold in England and maintains a bureau there, said Lawrence Savell, with the New York office of Chadbourne & Parke LLP."

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