Wednesday, April 27, 2011

UPDATE: Redskins Owner Strategy: Re-file Libel Suit; Boost Money-Throwing Game

ASHBURN,VA - JANUARY 6:  Mike Shanahan, the ne...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeWashington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has returned from the proverbial drawing board with a refurbished defamation lawsuit against the Washington City Paper (see "TUOL" post 2/3/11) for an unflattering portrayal of him in a November 19, 2009, article entitled: "The Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder," according to The Washington Post.

The all-new, if not improved, lawsuit drops hedge fund Atalaya Capital Management LP, owner of the Washington City Paper and Creative Loafing, as a defendant, but adds the author of the article at issue, Dave McKenna, a much shallower pocket than the money fund, to be sure.  The re-filed complaint also shifts its emphasis from alleged anti-Semetic remarks by the article to claims by Snyder that the article contains false, malicious statements that held him up to ridicule in the business community and among Redskins fans, already impatient with the team's 6-10 showing in 2010.

In his original suit, Snyder sought $2 million in damages from the City Paper  for allegations in the article he deemed libelous, such as that he forged names as a telemarketer for Snyder Communications and was tossed from the board of directors of Six Flags Entertainment Corp.

Is it possible to lock-out an NFL owner from the courtroom?

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