Despite the high hurdle, Professor Michael Mann just may be on the way to winning his defamation suit against National Review Online and Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). The trial judge ruled against NRO and CEI's motion to dismiss Mann's lawsuit, and the language of the judge in her order should give the defendants real concern.
Think Progress highlighted a key section of the judge's decision:
You can read the judge's full decision here:
Prof. Mann has been targeted for professional destruction by some of his critics and many attacks on his reputation have been false and reckless. To me, some critics and attacks evidenced "actual malice" against Professor Mann.
Hooray for the judge denying the defendants' motion to dismiss Mann's defamation suit. Good luck to him at trial.