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Dow Jones Ditches Defamation Suit by Lawyer Over Barron’s Piece

Jan. 27, 2021, 12:41 AM

Dow Jones & Co. Inc. and one of its reporters convinced a federal court in New York Tuesday to throw out a defamation lawsuit brought by a securities attorney who said he was wrongfully tied to a purported “pump and dump” stock-selling scheme in Barron’s.

Dow Jones and financial journalist William Alpert were sued by Harvey J. Kesner, a lawyer who has focused on financial matters and was named in a Barron’s article, “The Lawyer at the Center of the SEC Pump-and-Dump Case.” The article focused on Kesner’s ties to three companies whose stock prices were manipulated as part of ...

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