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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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Whither Jeff Greene’s lawsuit against the Tampa Bay Times?

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The last week of April has come and gone without a trial on billionaire Jeff Greene‘s libel suit against the Tampa Bay Times. “We have a trial date set for the end of April,” Times attorney Alison Steele told FloridaPolitics.com last month. With no trial, is a settlement in the offing? Greene already settled last month with The Miami Herald, the Times’ co-defendant in the case. The terms of that arrangement weren’t disclosed. On Friday, Steele was mum and didn’t return calls. Greene’s attorney, Lin Wood…

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Donald Trump wants to weaken libel laws amid feuds with reporters

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Donald Trump is threatening to weaken First Amendment protections for reporters as president, making it easier for him to sue them. The celebrity businessman turned Republican presidential front-runner told a rally in Forth Worth, Texas, Friday that he wants to “open up” libel laws. The changes envisioned by Trump would mean that “when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money,” he said. Trump added that, should he be elected,…

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Jeff Greene is continuing libel suit against Times, Herald

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Billionaire Jeff Greene‘s libel suit against the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald newspapers is still on after a court-ordered mediation in the case didn’t result in a settlement. Times attorney Alison Steele, a partner in the St. Petersburg law firm of Rahdert, Steele, Reynolds & Driscoll, told Florida Politics on Tuesday that Steele also has filed an amended complaint in his lawsuit. The new filing “amplified his allegations of a joint venture by the Times and Herald to derail Greene’s Senate candidacy,” she said…

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Safety Harbor attorney sues Citrus County Chronicle for libel

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The Citrus County Chronicle is being sued for libel based on a series of reports involving the County Road 491 widening project. Safety Harbor attorney Fred Busack alleges reporter Mike Wright misrepresented how much money he was earning from the project on numerous occasions. Busack’s filing claims he suffered “past and future compensatory damages” including “injury to reputation, shame, humiliation, mental anguish, hurt feelings, lost earnings, lost working time and lost earning capacity.” Busack is seeking punitive damages, the exact…

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File this post under the category of It’s About Damn Time: St. Pete Times’ website to require registration for comments

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In a move I have been pleading for months (and predicted here), The St. Petersburg Times website, tampabay.com, will introduce a new reader comment system. Here’s how it will work: To post your comments on tampabay.com stories, you will need to register. We’ll need your name, a valid e-mail address and your ZIP code. You need to do this only once. Your comments will appear immediately when you post. You will be able to report abusive comments, and we will…

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