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“Best of” and “worst of” rankings are perennially popular fodder for publications.  They are great for grabbing headlines, stirring up controversy and baiting hyperlinks.  Their sensationalism means rankings–especially “worst of” rankings–also can be litigation-bait.  Fortunately, a recent court ruling found that publishing a “best of”/”worst of” ranking didn’t create defamation liability.  Surely, this opinion will appear on several “best of 2012″ lists itself.