DOJ Article

The Second Circuit upheld the dismissal of a defamation suit brought against the New York Times by a former Department of Justice attorney over an article about alleged gender bias, favoritism and groping in his unit. The court ruled an “ordinary reader” of the story would understand that an intern’s declaration in a civil case, which alleged the attorney’s conduct at a happy hour was “unwelcome,” was a report of an official proceeding.

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Defamation Suit Tossed

A federal court in New York tossed Peter Brimelow’s defamation suit against the New York Times over articles characterizing him and the content on his website VDARE as “white nationalist,” “white supremacist,” and “anti-Semtic.” The newspaper was entitled to base its description of Brimelow in one article “on its own evaluation” of his writings and public comments and other articles “stated only non-actionable opinion regarding VDARE.”

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Sarah Palin Suit

A federal court in New York ruled that Sarah Palin is not due a cut of the New York Times’ advertising revenue attributable to its 2017 editorial titled “America’s Lethal Politics,” which linked her to the 2011 shooting of former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona. Palin is suing the newspaper for defamation.

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Judge Says Spinoff Manafort Probes Still Active

New York Times reporter Ken Vogel has been exploring reporting over Ukraine-related lobbying from many dimensions, but a federal judge forestalled one of the avenues of his research on Monday, warning that journalistic scrutiny “could reveal the existence of law enforcement proceedings that are not officially acknowledged or publicly known.”

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Judge Dismisses Shareholder Action Over Pharma Company’s Marketing of Opioid Treatment Drug

(CN) – A New York District judge granted pharmaceutical company Alkermes PLC’s motion to dismiss a shareholder class action alleging the company misrepresented sales figures and comparative effectiveness for a drug developed to treat opioid dependence.

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