Buffalo News Beats Libel Suit Over False Claims Deal Articles

Law360, New York (November 19, 2012, 7:11 PM EST) -- Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s Buffalo News Inc. didn't defame an air cargo company's owner by allegedly suggesting he admitted to criminal wrongdoing in a $28 million false claims settlement, a divided New York state appeals court ruled Friday.

The newspaper's "absolute privilege" to publish "fair and true" reports protected it from the defamation allegations brought by National Air Cargo Inc. owner Christopher J. Alf, the court said in a 3-2 panel decision. Alf had argued the Buffalo News falsely had made it seem as if Alf had...
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