MIAMI: Settlement reached in Haiti PM defamation case — MiamiHerald.com

Haiti\’s prime minister has reached a settlement in his defamation case against a Haitian-American journalist, and attorneys for both sides claimed victory Tuesday.

Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and his former business partner, Patrice Baker, originally sued Leo Joseph in September 2012 in Miami federal court over his reporting in the New York-based Haiti-Observateur. They claimed Joseph knew his reporting about the Haitian government\’s acquisition of a telecommunications company included false and defamatory statements about Lamothe and Baker.

Haitel, the telecommunications company, shut down last year after it failed to pay its debts. Haiti\’s government then acquired the company.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John O\’Sullivan signed an order Monday settling and closing the case. via – MiamiHerald.com



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