Defamation

A former judge filed a $110 million defamation suit claiming that a political opponent’s pre-election brochure lied about his record and ruined his reputation. The suit named a nonprofit business development organization along with its chairman and treasurer. It also named the state chamber of commerce that co-sponsored the brochure as a defendant. The lawsuit alleged the brochure sent out by the two agencies implied the judge approved the release of a convicted murderer and overturned a conviction by a sexual predator, and that such actions highlighted his questionable judgment. The judge further claimed the erroneous information cost him the election. The case ultimately settled for $225,000. Defense costs exceeded $100,000.

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