by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has ruled against longtime Chapel Hill media entrepreneur Jim Heavner in a libel case. The Court of Appeals reversed a trial-court ruling that had thrown out defamation charges against Heavner.
At issue are statements he made in a press release involving a bankruptcy filing connected to potential sale of his Chapel Hill-based businesses.