Analysts Say Overstock Suit Threatens Free Speech

Law360, New York (September 20, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Stock research firm Gradient Analytics Inc. has slammed a decision by California's supreme court to deny attempts to toss a libel lawsuit brought by discount online shop Overstock.com, saying the decision supported companies trying to thwart free speech.

Gradient President and CEO Brad Forst criticized Wednesday a the decision by the Superior Court of California not to review an appeals court ruling rejecting the firm's motion to dismiss the suit. He said the high court's decision gave legal succor to public companies wanting to curb critical...
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