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‘Dateline’ Loses Defamation Suit

July 8, 1998

BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ ``Dateline NBC″ defamed a trucker and a trucking company in a story about safety violations and must pay $525,000 in damages, a jury ruled Wednesday.

Trucker Peter Kennedy and the owners of Classic Carriers, Raymond and Kathy Veilleux, accused show staffers of misleading them into thinking they were participating in a positive story on the trucking industry.

Instead, they said, they were defamed by the two-part series, ``Keep on Truckin’,″ which depicted safety violations during a cross-country trip.

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