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Gossip columnist's suit against NY Daily News dismissed

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A former New York Post gossip columnist's defamation lawsuit against the New York Daily News and Bill and Hillary Clinton was…

A former New York Post gossip columnist’s defamation lawsuit against the New York Daily News and Bill and Hillary Clinton was dimissed Tuesday.

Writer Jared Paul Stern alleged in his March 2007 complaint that the former president, his wife, the rival tabloid and several others conspired to discredit him with allegations of extortion. According to The Associated Press, State Supreme Court Justice Walter Tolub found that, after more than a year, Stern had not proven his case.

The tabloid spotlight flipped on Stern two years back when reports surfaced that he’d offered favorable coverage to a supermarket mogul — Ron Burkle, also named in the now-defunct lawsuit — in exchange for cash. Federal authorities investigated, but Stern denied the allegations and was never charged.