Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Tort Reform, Wingnut Style

From the Toronto Star:

Conrad Black has filed a $2.1 million lawsuit against Toronto Life magazine, alleging that a satirical July story depicted the besieged publisher as "so irredeemably evil that he should be consigned to Hell."

Black has demanded $2 million for general and aggravated damages for defamation and $100,000 in punitive damages.

Also named as defendants in the lawsuit are London-based Canadian writer Robert Mason Lee, who wrote the four-page article titled "A Toast to Lord Black on his arrival in Hell," and illustrator Barry Blitt.

Blitt's illustration accompanying the story showed Black arriving in the back of a convertible sedan giving a thumbs-up signal to a host of demons, devils and other underworld ghouls.

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