Barnes & Noble Escapes Ex-CEO's Defamation Claims

Law360 (September 4, 2020, 8:35 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge has trimmed the lawsuit a former Barnes & Noble Inc. CEO filed against the retailer, ruling there wasn't enough to support the executive's allegations that a press release announcing his termination defamed him by suggesting his ouster was over sexual harassment allegations.

Although U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil on Thursday granted summary judgment to Barnes & Noble on the defamation claim, she did allow former CEO Demos Parneros' claim for breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing to survive.

On the defamation claim, the judge said Barnes & Noble's release announcing Parneros'...

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