Court revives billionaire Jeff Greene's libel suit

1:58 PM, Jan 15, 2014   |    comments
Jeff Greene concedes defeat in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.
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MIAMI (AP) - A Florida appeals court has revived a libel lawsuit filed against two newspapers by billionaire and former U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal expressed no opinion in its ruling Wednesday about whether Greene would ultimately prevail. The judges decided a lower court was wrong in 2012 to dismiss the case at an early stage and ordered proceedings to resume.

Greene sued the Tampa Bay Times and The Miami Herald over articles concerning his role in a Mojave Desert condominium complex and allegations of partying aboard his yacht. A circuit judge ruled that as a 2010 Senate candidate Greene was a public figure and failed to show the stories were reckless.

Greene lost the Democratic primary to Kendrick Meek, who was defeated by Republican Marco Rubio.

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