Billionaire developer Jeff Greene sues gossip site for libel

January 21, 2018

Contending that an article on the GossipExtra website was libelous, billionaire developer Jeff Greene has sued gossip columnist Jose Lambiet.

In a suit filed this month in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, Greene calls Lambiet’s reporting “grossly inadequate.” Greene’s claim focuses on a Dec. 3 piece titled, “Is Billionaire Jeff Greene Behind Dirty Politics of Downtown West Palm Beach Development?”

GossipExtra’s story suggested that Greene bankrolled a mail campaign criticizing Related Group’s One Flagler office tower in West Palm Beach, and that Greene might have spurred phone calls to city officials accusing developer Charles Cohen of racism.

“The article conveys the false and defamatory accusation that Mr. Greene engaged in unethical, ‘dirty’ and nefarious tactics to obtain an unfair financial advantage against his competitors,” the suit says.