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Jeff Greene paid $115,000 to settle libel lawsuit

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Forbes: Documents from a libel case paint an unflattering picture of Florida Democratic Senate hopeful Jeff Greene, with employees of a property management firm he used making declarations describing him as cruel and abusive. Greene paid $115,000 in 2007 to settle the suit, filed by an employee of the firm.

Craig Tice, chief operating officer of LB Property Management in Sherman Oaks, Calif., filed the libel suit in California state court in Los Angeles after Greene telephoned Tice's colleagues at LB Property Management and told them Tice was a "thief" and "criminal" who "'stole' Greene's money," a court document filed by Tice says. But nearly a year after allegedly making the comments, in deposition testimony, Greene said he had "no evidence that anybody stole any money."

Buzz asked Greene about that case several weeks ago. He declined to discuss details but said it was a case of a property manager he didn't like having bought out a property management firm he had long used and appreciated.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:18am]

    

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