2010 Maryland Code
COURTS AND JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS
TITLE 3 - COURTS OF GENERAL JURISDICTION - JURISDICTION/SPECIAL CAUSES OF ACTION
Subtitle 5 - Defamation
Section 3-504 - Liability of broadcasting stations for defamatory statements of candidate for public office - Persons other than opponent.
§ 3-504. Liability of broadcasting stations for defamatory statements of candidate for public office - Persons other than opponent.
(a) Compensatory damages.-
(1) An owner, licensee, or operator of a television or radio station or network of stations and his agents or employees may be liable for a defamatory statement published or uttered over the facilities of the station or network of stations by a candidate for public office as to a person other than his opponent.
(2) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, the liability is limited to compensation for actual damages sustained.
(b) Punitive damages.- Upon proof of actual malice on part of the owner, licensee, or operator of the broadcasting station or network of stations and his agents or employees, punitive damages may be assessed.
[An. Code 1957, art. 75, § 6; 1973, 1st Sp. Sess., ch. 2, § 1; 2006, ch. 44, § 6.]
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