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Boston rocker must pay $132,000 in failed lawsuit

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:36 a.m. HST, Jun 29, 2013

BOSTON >> The founder of the rock band Boston has been ordered to pay a newspaper $132,000 for the court costs it incurred in successfully defending itself against his defamation lawsuit.

Musician Tom Scholz claimed the Boston Herald and two reporters blamed him for the 2007 suicide of lead singer Brad Delp. A Superior Court judge dismissed his lawsuit in March, saying it was impossible to know why Delp killed himself.

Scholz's attorneys argued he shouldn't have to pay court costs. The judge said court rules require it and such costs could have a chilling effect on "free expression of ideas and opinions by media defendants."

Herald publisher Pat Purcell said Friday the decision is a reminder of "the harmful impact" such lawsuits can have.

Boston peaked in the 1970s and '80s with hits such as "More Than a Feeling."

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Aieagrl wrote:
Comment sent for approval because y'all can't handle the truth.
on June 28,2013 | 08:21PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Which means...what?
on June 29,2013 | 01:08AM
onevoice82 wrote:
Restate your comment without the expletives so we can view it.
on June 29,2013 | 07:15AM
serious wrote:
Great decision. As in England the losing party should pay the cost for both sides, that would relieve the courts of numerous frivolous suits.
on June 29,2013 | 07:49AM
Bdpapa wrote:
I like it. Why should the taxpayers have to pay for some personal situation?
on June 29,2013 | 08:02AM
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