Jared Paul Stern's Huge Defamation Suit Goes Thud

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Jared Paul Stern's Huge Defamation Suit Goes Thud

Wed Jun 18, 2008 @ 11:24AM PST

Posted by Eriq Gardner

Sternjared The New York State Supreme Court has tossed out former NY Post gossip columnist Jared Paul Stern's defamation lawsuit against the Daily News, supermarket mogul Ron Burkle and Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

More than a year ago, Burkle went public with claims that Stern had tried to extort him by demanding money in order to keep his name out of the gossip pages of the newspaper. Former president Bill Clinton, a friend of Burkle's, also complained about Stern.

The gossip writer fired back with a huge lawsuit that claimed libel, emotional distress, interference in business relationship, injurious falsehood, abuse of process, and civil conspiracy. The lawsuit had media scallywags buzzing for months, especially when another NY Post reporter during a deposition fingered Rupert Murdoch's editorial interference and bad behavior at the paper.

But say goodbye to the prospect of an entertaining trial because State Supreme Court Justice Walter Tolub says that Stern didn't state a valid claim.

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