Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Defamation of a businessman

Recently, the Washington Post published several stories regarding a lawsuit brought against Washington City Paper (a tabloid) by Washington Redskins owner and businessman Dan Snyder.
In an opinion article, Dan Snyder claims that the paper has yet to issue an apology or retract the false and damaging statements made to his character in a November 2010 article.

A great example of what makes a defamation case. He goes to great extent describing his motivation and intent.

"For more than eight months, the same writer at this tabloid blogged or wrote about me. In producing more than 55 pieces, only three times did this particular writer bother to call my staff to check facts. The reporters of The Post and other papers know that my communications adviser, Tony Wyllie, is available 24-7 to respond to questions about me and the Washington Redskins. This writer, however, chose not to call to check the facts before he wrote an article last November that contained so many false assertions."

The link to his opinion is here.

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