September 19, 2008 |
A federal judge in Oklahoma has dismissed a libel lawsuit filed against bestselling author John Grisham and two other writers over books they wrote about the wrongful conviction of two men in a 1982 murder. The lawsuit was filed last year by former Pontotoc County Dist. Atty. Bill Peterson, former Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation investigator Gary Rogers and Melvin Hett, a state criminalist. All three helped win the original convictions in the slaying of cocktail waitress Debbie Sue Carter, but the two men found guilty were later cleared by DNA evidence and freed after 12 years in prison.
July 19, 2008 |
Cat Stevens, the singer also known as Yusuf Islam, won "substantial" compensation for libel claims in a London court Friday over stories suggesting he wouldn't speak to women without veils during an award ceremony last year. The articles were published by London-based World En- tertainment News Network and Contactmusic.com. The amount of the payment wasn't disclosed. Stevens' attorney said it would be donated to charity. In 2005, Stevens, whose hits include "Morning Has Broken" and "Moon Shadow," won damages from two News Corp.
June 6, 2008 |
Ozzy Osbourne, the heavy-metal singer whose life was the subject of an MTV series, won an apology from the Daily Star newspaper in London on Thursday to settle a lawsuit over an article that claimed he had a "health scare" at an awards show. Northern & Shell Group's Daily Star newspaper apologized and agreed to pay a "substantial" sum to charity. In return, Osbourne agreed to drop the case, his lawyer, John Kelly, told a court hearing. Osbourne sued over a February article titled "Ozzy's Freak Show" in which the newspaper said Osbourne came close to pulling out of presenting the Brit Awards, a U.K. music industry ceremony, Kelly said.
April 9, 2008 |
BALCO founder Victor Conte on Tuesday said former world champion boxer Shane Mosley knew "exactly and precisely what he was doing" when he engaged in a doping program before his 2003 victory over Oscar De La Hoya. Mosley last week sued Conte for slander and libel after Conte said he was planning a new book that would "set the record straight" on Mosley's knowledge about using the designer steroids known as "the clear" and "the cream," and the blood-doping drug EPO.
January 17, 2008 |
NBC Universal was sued for $55 million by former federal drug agents who say they were libeled in the film "American Gangster," a drama about crime and illegal narcotics in 1970s New York. The class-action suit was filed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court by three former Drug Enforcement Administration agents on behalf of 400 current and former colleagues who worked in New York City from 1973 to 1985. They say the film falsely claims three-quarters of New York's DEA agents were convicted of crimes stemming from a major trafficking scheme depicted in the movie.
December 15, 2007 |
Nicole Kidman accepted damages from England's Daily Telegraph newspaper Friday for falsely reporting that she had breached the terms of her promotional contract for Chanel No. 5 perfume. Details of the settlement weren't disclosed, and the 40-year-old actress wasn't in court. Her lawyer, John Kelly, said Kidman suffered considerable embarrassment and distress over the report.
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November 21, 2007 |
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Tuesday threw out a defamation lawsuit filed by a prominent South Korean fertility scientist against a Riverside doctor who has been critical of his work. Dr. Kwang-Yul Cha, who has been president of hospitals and research labs in Los Angeles and South Korea, accused Dr. Bruce Flamm of conducting a "bitter personal vendetta" against him after Cha published a 2001 study suggesting that prayer might help women become pregnant.
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October 19, 2007 |
A self-styled crusader against the Los Angeles Police Department agreed Thursday to submit to screening by a judge before she filed any future complaints alleging misconduct. The deal short-circuited a trial this week in which four veteran LAPD officers sued Guadalupe Andrade for libel, alleging her 85 personnel complaints had defamed them. "This is more than we ever, ever hoped to accomplish," said Michael P.
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August 21, 2007 |
At the request of the group that filed it, a libel lawsuit against a former Bush administration official and others has been dismissed. The suit was over a recent book that alleged a U.S.-based Islamic charity funded Middle East terrorists.
July 23, 2007 |
A judge dismissed former U.S. Rep. Gary Condit's defamation lawsuit against a Phoenix-area weekly newspaper that said the California Democrat had lied to investigators about his relationship with Washington intern Chandra Levy, who disappeared and was later found dead. The Sonoran News had included the statement in a 2005 article about Condit's brother. Condit represented Ceres, Calif.