Buffalo News Didn't Libel Air Cargo Exec, NY High Court Says

Law360, New York (June 27, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT) -- Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s Buffalo News Inc. didn't defame an air cargo company's owner in articles about a $28 million false claims settlement, New York's highest court ruled Thursday, rejecting the plaintiff's argument that the newspaper falsely implied he pleaded guilty to criminal wrongdoing.

The New York Court of Appeals affirmed an intermediate appellate court, which, in a 3-2 decision, found the Buffalo News' 'fair report” privilege protected it from the defamation claims of National Air Cargo Inc. owner Christopher J. Alf. The allegedly defamatory articles reported...
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