LAWSUIT DISMISSED (October 29, 1996)

LAWSUIT DISMISSED
Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) (Published as Sun-Sentinel) – October 29, 1996
Author/Byline: Staff Report Edition: PALM BEACH Section: LOCAL Page: 3BColumn: DIGEST

A lawsuit alleging defamation and seeking unspecified damages from the Sun-Sentinel Co. and TV-radio columnist Tom Jicha has been dismissed by a federal district court judge in Fort Lauderdale.

The suit was filed in October 1994 by Gary Bruce, former programming director of WIOD-AM radio, who accused Jicha of writing a story that cost him a job offer in Los Angeles and tarnished his name in the industry. The story appeared after Bruce was fired by WIOD.

Also sued were WIOD Inc. and radio personality Neil Rogers, who works for the station.

In a final order issued in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, District Court Judge Jose A. Gonzalez Jr. ruled that Bruce was a limited public figure and said he had failed to demonstrate actual malice on the part of defendants. The court refused to address several other allegations and dismissed all claims against the Sun-Sentinel Co., Jicha, WIOD and social commentator Rogers.

Bruce, who recently left WJNO in Palm Beach County, could not be reached for comment.

Index terms: LAWSUIT RULING; SS EMPLOYEE Record: 9610290099 Copyright: Copyright 1996 Sun-Sentinel Company

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