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SPINdex has been in a litigious mood this month. In a particularly bizarre chain of events, a Time Warner media asset, Court TV, last week began live coverage of a murder trial involving another Time Warner asset, Warner Bros.' syndicated "Jenny Jones Show."

For the two-week period leading up to this month's column, Court TV's coverage of the trial garnered five stories in the SPINdex sample of influential media, including three newscasts totaling 1.5 minutes of network TV time.

The biggest media-related legal action of recent weeks was Ross Perot's failed legal appeal to overturn the Presidential Debate Commission's decision to exclude him.

Cyber Promotions' successful injunction against America Online's plan to bar junk e-mail to its subscribers attracted seven stories, while the California Journal's successful injunction against The Wall Street Journal's use of a "California Journal" edition earned two.

Joe Mandese is senior VP of Myers Reports. Mark Weiner is VP of Medialink Research.

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