BROOKLYN (CN) – Joel Speyer, a CPA, says the New York Post cost him his job and defamed him in an Oct. 20, 2008 article accusing him of election fraud. He says the Post ran “a large unflattering photograph” of him in the story, with the caption, “Funny Biz: Joel Speyer (center), a New Yorker, has already cast an Ohio ballot.”
Speyer says the article described him, falsely, as “a rich banker and real estate mogul who was committing fraud to influence an election.”
He claims the words “investigation” and “felony” in the article conveyed, and were meant to convey, that he was being investigated for criminal conduct.
He claims the Post published the article and photo with reckless disregard for the truth and with “actual malice.” And he claims he “sustained special damages, including but not limited to the loss of his employment.”
He demands $10 million, plus punitive damages. He is represented in Kings County Court by Andrew Friedman with Friedman, Khafif & Sanchez.