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Miami Herald settles libel suit brought by ex-Senate candidate

Jeff Greene debates with Kendrick Meek in West Palm Beach in June 2010.
Jeff Greene debates with Kendrick Meek in West Palm Beach in June 2010. AP PHOTO/PALM BEACH POST

The Miami Herald has settled a libel suit brought against the newspaper by former U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene. A notice of dismissal was filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on Monday.

The agreement signed last week by Greene and Alexandra Villoch, president and publisher of the Miami Herald Media Co., puts an end to the Herald’s involvement in the suit, which was filed six years ago after Greene lost the Democratic primary to former U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek by 26 percentage points.

Greene also sued the parent company of the Tampa Bay Times, then the St. Petersburg Times.

Greene, a Palm Beach billionaire, argued three reports — two news articles written by the Times and published by the Herald, and a Times editorial — about his real-estate dealings and yacht parties cost him the primary and defamed his reputation. He sought $500 million in damages.

Terms of the settlement are confidential. A Miami-Dade circuit judge dismissed Greene’s complaint in 2012, but a state appeals court reversed her decision two years later.

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