The US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in a divided opinion has upheld a $100,000 defamation judgment against a weekly newspaper outside of Cincinnati owned by the Gannett Corporation. The opinion said the weekly Milford-Miami Advertiser acted with malice when it reported an account of an old story about a police officer having sex on the job. A hearing officer later ruled the allegations against the officer lacked evidence. Ohio has not been kind to Gannett. The Gannett-owned Cincinnati Enquirer in 1998 paid one of the largest newspaper settlements in US legal history – a reported $14 million – when it settled with Chiquita brands over allegations a reporter illegally hacked Chiquita’s internal voice mail system to collect information for stories on its controversial banana business.
Read about the most recent Ohio case involving the police officer here at the Gannett Blog
And you can read the 6th Circuit’s opinion in the case here