Hoffman Libel Suit To Test If News Media Can Blame Fakers

Law360, New York (February 11, 2014, 7:34 PM EST) -- A writer's $50 million libel suit over a false National Enquirer report that he was Philip Seymour Hoffman's lover could test New York courts' tolerance for journalistic sob stories about fake sources after the tabloid claimed it had been “tricked” by a caller claiming to be the plaintiff, legal experts said.

The potentially devastating damages claim was filed Feb. 5 against Enquirer parent American Media Inc. by stage- and screenwriter David Bar Katz, who found the actor dead on Feb. 2 and who calls the report an...
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