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LEGAL BEAT: CELTICS PASS ON WALL STREET JOURNAL LIBEL SUIT
Published March 18, 1998
While Celtics Chair Paul Gaston "threatened" a little over three years ago "to sue the Wall Street Journal after the newspaper suggested drug abuse and team negligence may have contributed to the death of Reggie Lewis," the statute of limitations has expired, according to Peter May of the BOSTON GLOBE. The statute of limitations for libel in MA is three years, and the three-year anniversary of the Journal article "passed quietly" last week. Gaston: "[A]s much as I hate the fact that some injustices go unpunished, I decided that this was one that was going to get away" (GLOBE, 3/18). ROCKETS: The Rockets "have been alerted to the possibility of legal action" by two former employees and three current employees who are charging that members of Rocketball Ltd. "engaged in race discrimination, violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and sexual harassment," according to Eddie Sefko of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. The team received a letter from the attorney representing the five complainants. The letter seeks a $2.5M settlement "to keep the group from filing a civil action suit against the organization." Last year, Rocketball Ltd. had 51 minority employees out of a total of 160 (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 3/18).