CNN has suffered a legal setback in its effort to prevent a libel lawsuit against the news organization from moving forward.
Appeals Court Judge William Pryor wrote late last week that a Florida doctor can proceed with his claim that CNN ran a defamatory report that resulted in him losing his job.
The story in question -- "Secret deaths: CNN finds high surgical death rate for children at a Florida hospital" -- ran in June 2015. The news report said mortality rates for pediatric procedures at St. Mary's Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla., were triple the national average.
Carbone alleges that two months after the story ran the ensuing public backlash prompted the hospital to close its pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program, citing “inaccurate media reports” making it difficult to “build sustainable volume." Carbone tendered his resignation two days after the program closed and filed his lawsuit against CNN in February 2016.