Chapter 4 Case Brief Lott v. Levitt U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, 2007. 469 F. Supp.2d 575. Facts: In 2005, economist Steven Levitt co-authored a book named Freakonomics. In this book, Levitt challenged the views held by the Plaintiff, economist John Lott. Lott claimed that crime rates decrease as more law-abiding citizens carry firearms. The Defendant, Levitt, asserted in Freakonomics that Lott’s claim was not true and mentioned allegations of Lott fabricating some of the survey data that supported his theory that more guns lead to less crime. On May 24 or 25, 2005, economist John McCall sent Levitt an email saying that an article in The Journal of Law and Economics supported Lott’s theory. Levitt responded to McCall: “It was not a peer refereed edition of the Journal. For $15,000 he was able to buy an issue and put in only work that supported him. My best friend was the editor and was outraged the press let Lott do this.” Lott filed a lawsuit against Levitt for defamation. Levitt filed a motion to dismiss this claim.
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