A Rosie Verdict: Neither Side to Pay Damages in O'Donnell Lawsuit

News   A Rosie Verdict: Neither Side to Pay Damages in O'Donnell Lawsuit
 
As Rosie O'Donnell awaits the fate of the new Broadway production Taboo — the Boy George musical opens Nov. 13 — the former talk-show host can breathe a sigh of relief on another front.

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CNN reports that a judge ruled today that neither side in the well publicized O'Donnell/Gruner & Jahr lawsuit deserved damages. Following an editorial dispute in Sept. 2002, O'Donnell left Rosie magazine (formerly McCall's), which quickly shuttered thereafter. Gruner & Jahr sued O'Donnell for $100 million, and O'Donnell countersued for $125 million.

New York Supreme Court Justice Ira Gammerman said in his statement that the lawsuit was "ill-conceived." Gammerman added, "It seems to me . . . we're just dealing with bragging rights here, who wins and who loses . . . There's no evidence that the magazine would have made any money at all."

O'Donnell still has the right to request Gruner & Jahr to cover her legal expenses for the trial.

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