Spitzer faces $60 million libel suit over Slate column

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 22, 2011 9:58 AM
Spitzer faces $60 million libel suit over Slate column

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was hit with a $60 million libel lawsuit by a former Marsh & McLennan Cos executive over a column published on Slate.com concerning an insurance bid-rigging scandal.

William Gilman contended that Spitzer's August 22, 2010 column titled "They Still Don't Get It" falsely suggested that he was guilty of crimes, including crimes he had never been accused of, despite his conviction having previously been thrown out.

Gilman's lawsuit was filed late Friday with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, and made public on Monday. It seeks at least $10 million of compensatory damages, $20 million of general damages and $30 million of punitive damages.

Slate.com is owned by Washington Post Co. Neither Spitzer nor Slate.com immediately responded to requests for comment.

The case is Gilman v. Spitzer et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 11-05843.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel; Editing by Derek Caney)