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Judge Finds In Favor of CBS, Dismissing N.J. Man’s Lawsuit

June 17, 1995

NEW YORK (AP) _ A lawsuit against ``60 Minutes″ for a report that described Nigerian business dealings with Americans as deceitful was thrown out by a federal judge.

Nigerian-born lawyer Tony Anyanwu, who practices in the Bronx borough, cannot sue CBS over the broadcast because statements made during the program were too broad to be construed by viewers as applying to him, Judge Robert W. Sweet ruled Thursday.

``It is not sufficient that the plaintiff is libeled as a member of a large group,″ Sweet wrote.

Anyanwu, of East Orange, N.J., said he will appeal.

In the Dec. 11 broadcast titled ``Corruption Inc.,″ correspondent Mike Wallace described Nigeria as ``beyond doubt, the most corrupt nation I have ever reported on, or from.″

He said international fraud in the African nation had reached epidemic proportions, a billion-dollar-a-year operation that qualified it as a place with ``fraud on a bigger scale than any other place on earth.″

Anyanwu argued in court papers that CBS was negligent and careless in its investigation.

He said Nigerians were subject to public ridicule and disgrace and that his business and reputation were injured.

Sandy Genelius, a CBS spokeswoman, said the network was delighted the suit was dismissed.

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