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Spitzer Hit With $90M Libel Suit

Slate column enrages former insurance execs
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2011 3:42 AM CDT
Updated Aug 23, 2011 3:59 AM CDT
Eliot Spitzer Facing $90M Libel Suit Over Slate Column
Eliot Spitzer's CNN show was cancelled earlier this year.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Two former execs at an insurance firm that paid out $850 million to settle allegations of shady dealing brought by Eliot Spitzer in his days as a crusading attorney general are now suing the former governor for libel. The former Marsh & McLennan execs, who claim Spitzer libeled them in a recent column for Slate entitled "They Still Don't Get It," are seeking $90 million in damages, Reuters reports.

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Neither man is named in the column, which stated that Marsh's behavior was a "blatant abuse of law and market power." Spitzer then listed illegal acts that he wrote were "designed" to harm customers. Both men were indicted on dozens of charges following Spitzer's probe. They were found guilty on one count of restraint of trade and competition, but that conviction was later overturned. (Read more Eliot Spitzer stories.)

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