Law: Triple Reverse

Investigative reporting upheld

When Washington Post Reporter Patrick Tyler was researching a 1979 story charging that then Mobil Corp. President William Tavoulareas had used his corporate post to "set up" his son Peter in business, Mobil executives refused to be interviewed. After the article was published, however, Tavoulareas went to the Post to confront Tyler's boss, Executive Editor Benjamin Bradlee. What followed was a libel suit that has cost the Post alone more than $1 million in legal fees and seen as many turns of fortune as did Pip in Great Expectations. Last week the Post won what legal experts said may be the...

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