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WFLA Channel 8 reporter sacrificed truth to advance career, lawsuit says

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A Hillsborough woman says she was defamed by two “completely false” television reports and has filed suit against Media General, owner of WFLA Channel 8, and one of its reporters. Erisan Seibert is also claiming that TV reporter Shannon Behnken invaded her privacy by, among other things, “intentionally and without authorization” intruding upon and invading her private living space. The defamation and privacy violations, Seibert says in the suit, shocked, traumatized and humiliated her. Seibert is seeking monetary damages for…

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Jeff Greene’s lawyer calls out Tampa Bay Times

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Jeff Greene‘s lawyer is berating the Tampa Bay Times over a story on its settlement of Greene’s libel suit against it. Greene, a Palm Beach billionaire, also is “demand(ing) that the Tampa Bay Times now disclose the amount publicly.” He sued the Times and the Miami Herald in 2010 but settled confidentially with both papers in recent weeks. Times attorney Alison Steele, who negotiated the settlement, could not be immediately reached by phone Tuesday afternoon. The real estate developer, who ran as a…

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Tampa Bay Times settles suit with Jeff Greene

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The Tampa Bay Times settled a libel suit filed against it by Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene, the newspaper reported Thursday. The terms of that settlement were not released. “We have been in this legal standoff for nearly six years,” Times Editor Neil Brown said in a statement. “The settlement represents our insurance company’s calculation of acceptable legal expenses. “On the central dispute, the Times does not retract or correct our coverage, nor will we limit any future reporting,” he added.…

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USF department dean sues former employee for defamation

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A tiff between USF’s head of the USF College of the Arts and a former assistant music professor continues to get heated. James Moy, the department’s dean, is suing former employee Jill Brasky for defamation of character. In a lawsuit filed in Hillsborough County Court November 17, Moy sites information in a federal lawsuit he says show she began slandering his character as early as January 4 of last year. That date is just two days after Moy recommended denying…

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