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Tinder’s Ex-CEO to Arbitrate Defamation Suit Over Assault Claims

Jan. 13, 2020, 6:13 PM

A former Tinder Inc. CEO’s defamation and conspiracy claims against a former executive who allegedly defamed him through baseless sex assault allegations to get $2 billion in higher stock-option values will go to arbitration, a federal court in California said.

And some of Gregory Blatt’s claims against another former executive will proceed in court despite a law aimed at protecting free speech, Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California said.

Blatt, at various times the CEO and executive chairman of dating app company Tinder and the CEO and chairman of its parent...

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