11/26/2010

Manager Sam Lutfi wins right to trial in defamation suit against Britney Spears' mom

Lynne Spears is Britney Spears' mother and the author of the book Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World. Sam Lutfi was Britney's manager for several months in 2007 and 2008, so his appearance in Lynne's book was not surprising. The book's portrayal of Lutfi is not flattering, however. In fact, it is so unflattering that Lutfi has sued Lynne for defamation. Hoping to avoid the time and expense of trial, Lynne filed a motion to dismiss the case, arguing that Lutfi's reputation is so poor that he is "libel-proof," and that in any event, the passages to which Lutfi objects are simply Lynne's opinion, and thus are not actionable. The trial court denied Lynne's motion, and now, in a 17-page unpublished opinion, a California Court of Appeal has affirmed that result, so unless the case is settled, Lynne will have to defend herself at trial, after all.