New York Times scores major victory in ongoing cancer researcher defamation case

A federal judge dismissed most of the charges in a defamation lawsuit filed by a cancer researcher against the New York Times. The Times published an article in March of 2017 about Dr. Carlo Croce that claimed he faced ethics charges. The article brought a storm in the Times online comments section with readers calling Croce a “crook,” “murderer,” and a “cockroach.” (Courthouse News Service, November 7, 2018, by Emily Zantow)

The judge found the story accurate and balanced, dismissing all but one charge, allowing the lawsuit to proceed on whether a letter sent by Times reporter James Glanz to Croce and the university contained a defamatory statement. (Retraction Watch, November 8, 2018, by Ivan Oransky)

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