MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for a Twin Cities television station says a $1 million defamation award will be appealed.
A Dakota County jury awarded a holistic healer from Hudson, Wis., compensatory damages in a 2009 story aired by KSTP-TV about the woman’s treatment of a patient.
The case involves naturopathy as an alternative to medicine. KSTP’s story said Susan Wahl, also known as Susan Anderson, tried to wean Cheryl Blaha from anti-anxiety medication and that she tried to commit suicide as a result. Anderson sued the station, claiming that records showed Blaha’s own medical doctor reduced the medication and that there was no proof of a suicide attempt.
KSTP attorney Paul Hannah tells the Star Tribune he will file appeal motions in the coming weeks.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com