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LA Times Says Wiretapping Claims Are Bogus

And despite what the recent crop of billboards say, the class action lawsuit being brought against a Los Angeles Times reporter makes no claims of wiretapping.

Instead, the suit alleges that business columnist Michael Hiltzik recorded telephone interviews with attorney Robert Silverman. LA Times spokesperson Nancy Sullivan says Hiltzik never recorded any such conversations, and that the case is without merit.

Silverman has a history of suing the paper without success, as the LAT noted in a post on L.A. Now:

The Times has published a series of articles and columns detailing the deaths of five patients after having Lap-Band surgery at centers affiliated with 1-800-GET-THIN.

Silverman has represented 1-800-GET-THIN and two of the people behind the campaign, Michael and Julian Omidi, in three lawsuits against The Times and its journalists. All three lawsuits were dismissed. The Omidis were ordered to pay The Times legal expenses in two of the cases.

Ed Padgett has the staff memo from LA Times CEO Kathy Thomson about the billboards.

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UPDATED: The LA Times Sued For Wiretapping?

LA Times pressman Ed Padgett spotted this billboard a couple days ago, and it left us scratching our heads.

When we think of wiretapping, it’s usually in the context of nefarious governments and James Bond-type antics. Is it possible our own hometown newspaper was illicitly eavesdropping on the conversations of unsuspecting citizens?

Um, no.

What the lawsuit alleges is that business columnist Michael Hiltzik recorded phone interviews with an on-the-record source, attorney Robert Silverman. It should be noted that it’s standard practice for journalists to record interviews, since most of us can’t type that fast.

But according to state wiretap law, both parties have to give consent for a phone conversation to be legally taped. Silverman alleges that he was taped without his consent.

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