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O'Keefe Libel Complaint against Star-Ledger

O'Keefe Libel Complaint against Star-Ledger

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AROMANDO
&
LIGHT~
LLC
195FairfieldAvenue-Suite4DWestCaldwell,NewJersey07006973-403-9100
AttorneysforPlaintiff
Plaintiff,SUPERIORCOURTOFNEWJERSEYBERGENCOUNTY-LAWDIVISIONDOCKETNO.:JAMESO'KEEFE,III,vs.ADVANCEPUBLICATIONS,INC.d/b/aTHESTARLEDGER
COMPLAINT
Defendant.PlaintiffJamesO'Keefe,III,residingat121GoodwinTerrace,Westwood,NewJersey,bywayofcomplaintagainsttheDefendantAdvancePublications,Inc.d/b/aTheStarLedger,allegesasfollows:
COUNTONE
LibelandLibel
PerSe
1.Defendantpublishesadailynewspaperandmaintainsaninternetnewswebsite.2.OnOctober29,2010,DefendantpublishedthatPlaintiff"pleadedguiltytoamisdemeanorafterhewascaughttamperingwiththephonesofLouisianaSen.MaryLandrieu."ThisstatementwasnottruewhenmadebytheDefendant.3.AfterbeingadvisedbythePlaintiffofthestatement'sfalsity,DefendantprintedaretractiononNovember3,2010bystatingthat"itincorrectlydescribedlegalfindingsagainstJamesO'Keefe"whenitprintedthathehadtamperedwiththeSenator'sphones.4.Defendantprintedtheretractionbecauseitwasmadeawarethattheresponsible
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UnitedStatesAttorneydeterminedthattherewasnoevidencethatPlaintifftamperedorintendedtotamperwiththeSenator'sphones.5.Despitethisretraction,onJanuary23,2012,theDefendantagainpublishedthefalsehoodthatPlaintiffhadtriedto"tapthephonesofSen.MaryLandrieu."6.BypublishingforasecondtimethefalsestatementthatPlaintiffhadattemptedtotapaSenator'sphones,whichwouldconstituteafelonyiftrue,theDefendantcommittedlibelordefamation
per
se.
Moreover,thestatementwasmadewithactualknowledgeofitsfalsityandmalicedrivenbytheDefendant'sopinionthatPlaintiffwasthe"KnuckleheadoftheWeek."7.Inadditiontotheallegationsoflibelabove,theDefendanthasdefamedPlaintiffonotheroccasions.8.PlaintiffhassuffereddamagesasaresultoftheconductoftheDefendantincludingbutnotlimitedtolossofreputationinthecommunityandthereluctanceofotherstoassociatewithhiminhisbusiness.
WHEREFORE,
PlaintiffdemandsjudgmentagainsttheDefendantforallmonetarydamagespermittedbylaw,plusamandatoryinjunctioncompellingtheDefendanttoprintanotherretractionwithlanguageapprovedbytheCourt,costs,attorneys'feesandsuchotherreliefastheCourtmaydeemappropriateandjust.AROMANDO&LIGHT,LLC
AttorneysforPlaintiff
BY:~BenjaminD.LightDated:January30,20122
 
CERTIFICATIONPURSUANTTOR.4:5-1
Icertifythatthemattersincontroversyinthisactionarenotthesubjectofanyotheractionpendinginanyothercourtorofapendingarbitrationproceeding.Nootheractionorarbitrationproceedingispresentlycontemplatedand
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ampresentlyawareofnootherpartiesthatshouldbejoinedinthisaction.
JURYDEMAND
Plaintiffherebydemandstrialbyajuryonallissuesinthismatter.
DESIGNATIONOFTRIALCOUNSEL
BenjaminD.Light,Esq.isherebydesignatedastrialcounsel.AROMANDO
&
LIGHT,LLC
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Dated:January30,20123

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