Miss Universe Wins $5M Defamation Award Against Ex-Miss Pa.

Law360, New York (December 18, 2012, 9:38 PM EST) -- Pageant organization Miss Universe LP LLP has won a $5 million arbitration award against a former Miss Pennsylvania whose public comments calling the Miss USA pageant "rigged" it claimed cost it a site fee for the 2013 event, the organization announced Tuesday.

In an arbitration award dated Dec. 10, retired U.S. Magistrate Judge Theodore H. Katz said Miss Universe sufficiently had shown that former Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin had made her defamatory statements — on Facebook and later on NBC's "Today" show — with malice and...
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