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Ex-New York Gov. Spitzer Faces $90M Defamation Lawsuits

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and Slate magazine are being sued by two ex-insurance executives, who claim he and the online publication defamed them in a column.

The two executives, William Gilman and Edward McNenney, worked for Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc., and were the target of a prosecution by Spitzer when he was attorney general of New York.

Gilman filed a $60 million suit in Manhattan federal court and McNenney filed a $30 million suit in state court.

Spitzer wrote the column in 2010 in response to a Wall Street Journal editorial he said disparaged the cases he brought against Marsh.

Both Spitzer and Slate’s editor say the suits are frivolous.

A judge convicted Gilman and McNenney in 2008 of violating state antitrust laws. The convictions were later overturned.

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  • youngc

    The arrogant, shamelss and selfish j e r k Spitzer deserved to be sued out of every last penny of his ill-gotten wealth.

  • Peter

    I hope they take all of his money !!!!! client #9 !!!

  • cecelia

    sue, sue, sue, lawsuit , lawsuit, lawsuit, $$$$$$$$$

  • HeTook STDShometowife

    get to the back of the line, who didn’t this creepy, socialist, hor monger defame?

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