Anna Nicole Smith’s lawyer files libel suit

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From an Associated Press report today:

ATLANTA (AP) — Anna Nicole Smith’s lawyer and companion, Howard K. Stern, filed a $60 million libel lawsuit Tuesday against Rita Cosby and her publisher over a book she wrote that claims Stern and Smith’s ex-boyfriend, Larry Birkhead, had a sexual encounter.

The suit, filed in federal court in New York, seeks $10 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages from Cosby — who wrote “Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith’s Death”_ and Hachette Book Group USA Inc.

[Continue reading Stern Libel Suit]

Based on our discussion of libel in editing class today, does the suit appear to have merit?

Also, you might consider running it through the libel checklist at the University of Texas.

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