'Big Short' Author Denies Defamation In 2nd Circ.

Law360, New York (February 19, 2014, 12:57 PM EST) -- An attorney for "The Big Short” author Michael Lewis told the Second Circuit on Wednesday that the book's critical depiction of a New Jersey money manager’s activities before the financial crisis was not defamatory, urging the appeals court to uphold a ruling dismissing the suit.

The attorney, Celia Goldwag Barenholtz, told a three-judge panel that Lewis did not defame plaintiff Wing Chau in the best-selling 2010 book chronicling the rise and fall of the collateralized debt obligation market. Chau sued Lewis in 2011, alleging the book...
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