A lawsuit by billionaire former U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene against the Tampa Bay Times and the Miami Herald was tossed Monday by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Valerie Manno-Schurr, the Times reported. Greene sued the papers, which share resources on political and government stories, over articles that focused on an old business deal and a party on the billionaire’s yacht, as well as an editorial about the business deal. Greene argued that those items hurt his 2010 run for Senate, which ended when he lost the Democratic primary to then-Congressman Kendrick Meek. “In America, we have a lot of latitude to talk about important public matters like a candidate for the U.S. Senate, and the press should be able to write about political events without fear of being sued,” said George Rahdert, an attorney for the Times Publishing Co. Greene’s lawyer vowed to appeal.
Via The News Service of Florida.