Gorilla v. New York Times: Over and out

(Reuters) – A Brooklyn judge has tossed out a defamation lawsuit against New York Times Co brought by Gorilla Coffee, a coffee shop that has become a fixture in the borough’s Park Slope neighborhood.

The suit stemmed from an April 2010 Times blog post covering a labor dispute between management and several employees that temporarily shuttered the independently owned coffee shop.

The post on the City Room blog included a statement from the workers, alleging that the owners had “created a perpetually malicious, hostile, and demeaning work environment.”

Gorilla Coffee’s owner Darleen Scherer and operations director Carol McLaughlin sued the Times and employees for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

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