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Over 1 Million Awarded by United States District Judge in Federal Defamation Lawsuit
New York based Newspaper Haiti Observateur found guilty of publishing defamatory statements by a US Federal Judge, and receive a substantial penalty of over $1 Million. Haiti-Observateur Group Publishers are Leopold L. Joseph "Leo", Raymond A. Joseph
of more than $ 1,000,000.00 (US) on July 18, 2014, by a federal judge in the
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
The award stems from Mr. Handal's success in his defamation lawsuit against Raymond Joseph and his brother Leo Joseph.
In the lawsuit, Handal alleged and proved that the Josephs, through their
newspaper publication, the Haiti-Observateur, maliciously defamed him by
publishing two explosive articles that falsely stated Handal was involved in
horrific criminal activity which purportedly led to Mr. Handal's arrest by
In an effort to convince the newspaper's readers of their stories'eracity, the
Josephs assuredly stated that their information on Handal came from "reports
from FBI Agents", "police sources", "informants"
been deployed to Haiti", "information obtained from U.S. agents" and
unidentified "U.S. sources" who wished to "remain anonymous" because they
were not "authorized to disclose certain information."
were proven to be false.
The Court found that the, "character of the defamatory statements
themselves...constituted such a degree of reprehensibility,"
substantial penalty against the Josephs, justifying the more than $ 1,000,000
(US) award against them.
Mr. Handal was represented by Gary Betensky and Josh Spoont of the
prominent South Florida law firm Richman Greer, P.A. Any inquiries should be
directed to Mr. Betensky at 561-803-3500
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Page Updated Last on: Aug 01, 2014