AP seeks dis­missal of Rus­sian’s suit

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON — The As­so­ci­ated Press on Mon­day asked a judge to dis­miss a li­bel law­suit brought by a Rus­sian bil­lion­aire with ties to Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, call­ing the case “in­tru­sive, ex­pen­sive and chilling” with no le­git­i­mate claim of defama­tion.

Alu­minum mag­nate Oleg Deri­paska sued in May over an AP re­port two months ear­lier that re­vealed his past busi­ness con­nec­tions to Paul Manafort, the for­mer cam­paign chair­man for Don­ald Trump. He said the story was in­ac­cu­rate and had hurt his ca­reer by falsely ac­cus­ing him of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

The AP has stood by the story as ac­cu­rate, and in court pa­pers filed Mon­day, lawyers for the news co­op­er­a­tive said Deri­paska was chal­leng­ing the story based on his own “strained im­pli­ca­tions” and incorrect in­fer­ences, rather than on in­for­ma­tion ac­tu­ally con­veyed in the re­port.

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