Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Federal appeals court orders libel suit against NYC mayor back to state court

From Georgia:
ATLANTA (AP) - The federal appeals court in Atlanta has ordered a lawsuit claiming New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg libeled a Georgia sporting goods store by calling it 1 of several "rogue gun dealers" to be returned to the state court where it originated.

Friday's decision by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was the latest development in a 2-year legal battle that began when Bloomberg sued 15 firearms brokers in five states, including Georgia. The suit said they were selling weapons that ended up in the hands of New York criminals.

Article here. This ruling likely favors the gun dealer plaintiff, as a Georgia state court may be more sympathetic to that in-state plaintiff, versus the mayor of New York City.

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