A D.C. lobbyist sued The New York Times for $27 million Tuesday over an article that she says gave the false impression she had an affair with Sen. John McCain. The suit claims that, as a result of the article, Vicki Iseman suffered an "avalanche of scorn, derision, and ridicule" that damaged her health. A law professor said the key to Iseman's case will be whether the court defines her as a public or private figure. Public figures have to show malice by a news outlet and meet a higher standard of proof.
Lobbyist Linked by N.Y. Times to McCain Sues Paper for Defamation
The Associated Press
December 31, 2008