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HBO Wins Libel Suit Filed Against "Real Sports"

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    HBO Wins Libel Suit Filed Against "Real Sports"

    HBO has won a libel case that was prompted by a report that showed children stitching together soccer balls manufactured by a British company.

    A jury in Manhattan federal court decided Friday that Mitre Sports International was not defamed by a 2008 installment of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" that showed children stitching the company's soccer balls in Jalandhar, India.

    Mitre's attorney said during the trial that the company was a pioneer in stopping child labor in the sporting goods industry.

    Mitre said in a statement it was disappointed with Friday's verdict.

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