Libel suit arising from Senate race dismissed in Saline County | Arkansas Blog

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Libel suit arising from Senate race dismissed in Saline County

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click to enlarge KRYSTAL KUYKENDALL: Suit against her dismissed. - LINKEDIN
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A libel suit that arose from 2010 Benton newspaper coverage of a Republican Senate primary race between Dan Greenberg and ultimate winner, Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, has ended in dismissal of Greenberg's lawsuit.

Greenberg contended he'd been libeled by comments in editorials by Kristal Kuykendall for the Saline Courier, owned by Horizon Arkansas Publications. The editorials were, in part, critical of his advertising.

Judge Grisham Phillips granted the defendants' motion for summary judgment in an order signed Oct. 29.

This is the original lawsuit.

The motion for summary judgment disputed the allegation that statements in the editorial were inaccurate or defamatory, but said that even if the statements were in error that Greenberg was a public figure and had to prove actual malice in the statements — that is, the newspaper knowingly published false information.

The judge's brief dismissal order said he issued a summary judgment based "for all the reasons advanced by defendants."

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