Redskins owner Dan Snyder refiles City Paper lawsuit

Redskins owner Dan Snyder refiled his defamation lawsuit against the Washington City Paper in D.C. Superior Court Tuesday, two months after filing the complaint against the paper in New York courts.

The lawsuit claims the paper, and its columnist Dave McKenna, have ”engaged in an ongoing campaign” to “smear his business and personal reputation through the publication of false and malicious articles.”

The lawsuit stemmed from a Nov. 19 story titled “The Cranky Redskins Fan’s Guide to Dan Snyder.”

The story detailed dozens of Snyder’s actions as a team owner and businessman. Snyder says many of its claims were untrue.

The article was accompanied by an altered photo of Snyder with horns and facial hair, which the lawsuit claimed was “anti-Semitic.”

The lawsuit’s exhibits include 167 reader comments on the article that were posted on the City Paper’s web site.

The suit includes McKenna as a co-defendant, as well as Creative Loafing Inc, the Tampa-based owner of the alternative weekly publication.

Editors of the paper have stood by McKenna’s story.

A July 29 scheduling hearing was set before Judge Todd E. Edelman.

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.

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