Privacy vs. Right to Know: Mediation Ordered for Release of SeaWorld Death Video

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

Mediators are called upon in a variety of contexts – business, family, injury, labor to name a few – to help resolve difficult disputes.   The recent death of a 40 year old trainer at SeaWorld has given rise to a unique mediation issue.  The family of Dawn Brancheau obtained an injunction from a Florida court prohibiting the release of video footage of Ms. Brancheau’s death after she was pulled into the water by an orca whale in front of a shocked audience at SeaWorld.  The Florida court has now ordered mediation to weigh the Brancheau family’s privacy concerns against the public’s right to know under Florida law.  For more on the issues the Florida mediator will address, see National News headlines.

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