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Japanese company loses in defamation case against Reuters

July 21, 2017

Posted by Chris Roush

Reuters LogoJapan’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Japan’s Universal Entertainment Corp. to hear its defamation case against Reuters, upholding two lower court rulings that its case against the news agency lacked merit.

Nathan Layne of Reuters reports, “Universal had sued Reuters in Tokyo in December 2012, demanding 200 million yen ($1.79 million) and apologies, for stories relating to $40 million in payments Universal made to a consultant in relation to a casino project in the Philippines.

“In 2015, the Tokyo District Court ruled that the Reuters’ articles were accurate, and the company then lost an appeal last year at the Tokyo High Court, which upheld the lower court’s ruling.

“The Reuters articles were about Universal’s payments to Rodolfo Soriano, a close associate of the former head of the Philippine gaming authority, and an investigation by the Nevada gambling regulator into the payments.

“Universal denies any wrongdoing.

“A Reuters spokesperson said: ‘We are pleased with this resolution, which upholds the right of the press to report on news in the public interest.'”

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