Sunday, May 29, 2011

Frequent litigant sues newspaper

The SF Weekly has an interesting story about what happens to a newspaper that runs a series of stories about a woman accused of improperly using the courts to her advantage. Of course, the answer is, she sues the newspaper. The newspaper is the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, and gist of the stories was that the woman, Gwendolyn Smith, repeatedly moved into dwellings and then used her expertise as a paralegal to attempt to live rent-free. She’s suing in U.S. District Court for $2.5 million, claiming she was defamed by being placed in a false light. The SF Weekly called the woman and tried to pin down what exactly the PD got wrong. “Smith wouldn’t specify which facts the paper got wrong, saying ‘the specific facts will be developed in litigation.’” PD managing editor Bob Swofford responded to the SF Weekly, saying "Our story accurately portrayed the litigation that Ms. Smith was involved in, and we intend to move to dismiss the case.”

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