This Article argues that the Wisconsin Judicial Council's court-ordered ADR plan, which was adopted by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in December of 1993," will benefit libel litigants by giving them an alternative to the courtroom battle. The Article discusses the interests of the plaintiff and defendant in libel litigation and how ADR will benefit each, as well as critiques the structure of current libel law. The Article also analyzes other proposed alternatives to libel litigation and evaluates their effectiveness. The Article examines the efficiency and effectiveness of Florida's dispute resolution program, which provides settlement options similar to those found in the new Wisconsin law. And finally, the Article suggests how the settlement procedures provided in the Wisconsin court-ordered ADR law will be applied to resolve libel disputes.



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