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June 8, 1996 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jerry Plotkin, a Sherman Oaks businessman who was the only non-government employee held during the Iranian hostage crisis, has died in Los Angeles. He was 62. Plotkin, who had a heart transplant about six years ago, died Thursday night after he was rushed to a San Fernando Valley hospital, his friend Alex Paen said Friday. Plotkin was one of 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days after Iranian militants stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979. The Americans were released Jan.
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June 8, 1996 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jerry Plotkin, a Sherman Oaks businessman who was the only non-government employee held during the Iranian hostage crisis, has died in Los Angeles. He was 62. Plotkin, who had a heart transplant about six years ago, died Thursday night after he was rushed to a San Fernando Valley hospital, his friend Alex Paen said Friday. Plotkin was one of 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days after Iranian militants stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979. The Americans were released Jan.
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July 28, 1988
A former American hostage in Iran won an important pretrial victory Wednesday in his libel action against a newspaper that reported he was under investigation as a possible drug dealer. "As far as we're concerned, (the ruling is) fantastic," said Alan Rothenberg, a lawyer for Jerry Plotkin, a Sherman Oaks insurance adjuster, who sued the Daily News of Los Angeles for libel in 1981.
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October 19, 1988 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
Former Iranian hostage Jerry Plotkin settled his libel lawsuit Tuesday against the former owners of the Los Angeles Daily News, ending a case that triggered national debate on journalism ethics and touched on several of the major free press legal issues of the decade. Plotkin filed the lawsuit after the newspaper printed a story stating that Plotkin had been under investigation for drug trafficking. The Van Nuys Publishing Co.
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February 26, 1986 | DOROTHY TOWNSEND, Times Staff Writer
A Sherman Oaks insurance adjuster, who was the only private citizen among 52 Americans held hostage by Iranian militants from 1979 to 1981, is still a private citizen, not a public figure, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling makes it easier for Jerry Plotkin, 57, to pursue his $60-million damage suit against a San Fernando Valley newspaper that he says libeled him in a story published the day after release of the hostages.
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October 19, 1988 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
Former Iranian hostage Jerry Plotkin settled his libel lawsuit Tuesday against the former owners of the Los Angeles Daily News, ending a case that triggered national debate on journalism ethics and touched on several of the major free press legal issues of the decade. Plotkin filed the lawsuit after the newspaper printed a story stating that Plotkin had been under investigation for drug trafficking. The Van Nuys Publishing Co.
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June 25, 1986
Former Daily News reporter Adam Dawson was dropped from the list of defendants in the $60-million libel suit filed by former Iranian hostage Jerry Plotkin. Dawson, who left the Daily News after the suit was filed, was not immediately available for comment, but his lawyer, Bill Masterson, said his client was "a very happy man" to be out of the case.
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January 17, 1986 | From Associated Press
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge began hearing testimony Thursday to determine whether Jerry Plotkin, the only non-government employee among the 52 Americans held hostage in Iran in 1979, is a public figure. The pretrial hearing is being held in Plotkin's $60-million libel suit against the Los Angeles Daily News, which published a January, 1981, article quoting unnamed law enforcement sources as saying Plotkin may have been involved in drug trafficking. If Superior Court Judge Christian E.
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February 5, 1986
After three weeks of testimony and legal arguments, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Christian E. Markey must now decide whether former Iranian hostage Jerry Plotkin was a public or private figure when a Daily News article that he says libeled him was published.
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June 29, 1986 | From United Press International
The California Supreme Court has agreed to determine whether a Sherman Oaks man who was one of 52 Americans held hostage in Iran was a public figure or private citizen for purposes of his libel suit against a San Fernando Valley newspaper. Jerry Plotkin, 57, sued the Daily News for $60 million in damages in response to a story published the day after his release Jan. 20, 1981, suggesting that he was under scrutiny by federal officials for any hint that he was involved in drugs in Iran.
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July 28, 1988
A former American hostage in Iran won an important pretrial victory Wednesday in his libel action against a newspaper that reported he was under investigation as a possible drug dealer. "As far as we're concerned, (the ruling is) fantastic," said Alan Rothenberg, a lawyer for Jerry Plotkin, a Sherman Oaks insurance adjuster, who sued the Daily News of Los Angeles for libel in 1981.
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February 26, 1986 | DOROTHY TOWNSEND, Times Staff Writer
A Sherman Oaks insurance adjuster, who was the only private citizen among 52 Americans held hostage by Iranian militants from 1979 to 1981, is still a private citizen, not a public figure, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling makes it easier for Jerry Plotkin, 57, to pursue his $60-million damage suit against a San Fernando Valley newspaper that he says libeled him in a story published the day after release of the hostages.
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June 28, 1986 | From United Press International
The California Supreme Court has agreed to determine whether a Sherman Oaks man who was one of 52 Americans held hostage in Iran was a public figure or private citizen for purposes of his libel suit against a San Fernando Valley newspaper. Jerry Plotkin, 57, sued the Daily News for $60 million in damages in response to a story published the day after his release Jan. 20, 1981, suggesting that he was under scrutiny by federal officials for any hint that he was involved in drugs in Iran.
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June 14, 1991 | From Associated Press
Eight Americans who were held hostage in Iran demanded Thursday that Congress investigate allegations that the Reagan-Bush campaign delayed their release in 1980. "The question of whether there is evidence of wrongdoing must be answered by an unbiased, bipartisan congressional investigation with full subpoena power," the former hostages said in a letter to lawmakers. "Unless this happens, speculation and unanswered questions will erode public confidence in our electoral system," they said.
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