Appeals Court rules for Zelenik in defamation suit

Appeals Court rules for Zelenik in defamation suit

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of congressional candidate Lou Ann Zelenik in a lawsuit that accused her of defamation for a campaign advertisement targeting rival Diane Black.

The suit was filed by Aegis Sciences Corp., a drug-testing company owned by David Black. He is the husband of Diane Black, who won the election for the 6th District seat.

The 2010 advertisement showed Diane Black, who was then a state senator, handing a $1 million check from "Tennessee Taxpayers" to her husband.

In an opinion filed this week, a three-judge panel of the Appeals Court ruled 2-1 for Zelenik. The court found that the advertisement portrayed Diane Black as a big spender but did not imply that Aegis received graft.

A spokeswoman for Aegis declined to comment.

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