Judge tosses lawsuit against Tampa Bay Times/Herald by former Sen candidate Jeff Greene
Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene's libel suit against Times Publishing Co., publisher of the Tampa Bay Times, was dismissed by a judge on Monday.
Greene, who lost the 2010 Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, filed suit against the Times, then known as the St. Petersburg Times, and the Miami Herald.
He alleged that three articles written by Times reporters that also appeared in the Herald cost him the primary and defamed his reputation. But Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Valerie Manno-Schurr decided otherwise in Monday's ruling.
"The fact that the plaintiff may not like the way the article was written or how it was written does not automatically provide the basis for a libel suit," the judge wrote.
The judge also declared that Greene's 2010 campaign made him a public figure: "There is no doubt that Greene had injected himself, even if for a limited time, into the public arena as a candidate for public office (so) he is considered a public figure."