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Former Marsh Exec Sues Spitzer for $60 Million

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has been hit with a $60 million libel lawsuit by a former Marsh & McLennan Cos. executive over a...
August 23, 2011

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has been hit with a $60 million libel lawsuit by a former Marsh & McLennan Cos. executive over a column posted on Slate.com concerning an insurance bid-rigging scandal.

William Gilman, a former Marsh executive marketing director, said Spitzer acted with "actual malice" by suggesting in an Aug. 22, 2010 column titled "They Still Don't Get It" that he was guilty of crimes, including crimes he was never accused of, after his conviction had been thrown out the prior month. Slate.com is owned by Washington Post Co., and its parent Slate Group LLC is a defendant in the case. Gilman filed his complaint late Friday in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. A copy was made public on Monday. Spitzer, in a phone interview with Reuters, declined to comment. A spokeswoman for the Washington Post declined to comment.

Read more on the Spitzer controversy: Marsh Exec Sues Spitzer for $60 Million (Insurance Journal 8/22/11)