News Corp Settles Judith Regan Lawsuit

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp announced it has settled the lawsuit filed by Judith Regan for $25 million. (Background here.)

Regan had also accused her former employers of asking her to lie to federal investigators about Bernard Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner who was once her lover, and had tried to smear her.

Regan said the smear campaign stems from her past intimate relationship with Kerik, who was police commissioner under former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and from the political agenda of News Corp.

Sounds like Rudy Giuliani will breathe a little easier tonight.

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    It means buh bye Rudy! (none / 0) (#1)
    by GOPmurderedconscience on Fri Jan 25, 2008 at 03:51:55 PM EST
    Judith Regan wanted to sink Giuliani. The fact that she agreed to settle now tells me she knows Nosferatu is through.

    Ok Ok too much conspiracy, but I am so much enjoying the shrinking of this grostesque creature.

    I've read (none / 0) (#2)
    by scribe on Fri Jan 25, 2008 at 03:59:26 PM EST
    on Gawker.com, that she got $25 mil.  I'm still waiting for them (or anyone else) to confirm that number.  

    But, assuming that's true or even close, that tells me she had a very strong case.  The $100 mil she was suing for was both the outside limit of the envelope of her demands, and likely calculated by her side as generously favorable to her as they could stretch their facts.  So, to get a quarter of that means News Corp. recognized she had a very strong case.  

    Otherwise, they would not have settled (particularly this early in the suit). If they had settled this early and if her case was weaker, the number would never have gone up to the neighborhood of $25 mil.  If her case was weaker, News might have offered her "cost of trial" - probably $1 mil or less - which would have been their way of saying "your meritless suit is going to cost us a certain amount of money to defend, and you're likely to lose.  So, let's both save ourselves the time, effort and exposure, and we'll pay you what it would have cost us anyway."  

    Looks to me like Rupe and Ailes are trying to salvage Rudy Cue Ball's chances.  It's (IMHO) no coincidence the settlement came a day or less after Kerik's lawyer was DQ'd.  The Kerik trial is now effectively put off until after the election, there will be no leaks (you can bet there's a serious confidentiality agreement in place) out of the Regan matter to bite Rudy in the behind, Rudy's law firm (with the AG's son heading up the white-collar operation) has been blocking Kerik's access to witnesses and information at Giuliani Partners, and so on.

    No.  I think there's a major move on to clear St. John McCain out of the way, and push Mitt* the Phony to the side.

    (Wild) Prediction - Rudy's collapse in Florida will not be total;  he may win.

    * About whom the Times today says (and this is all of it):  "Mitt Romney's shape-shifting rivals that of Mr. Giuliani.  It is hard to find an issue on which he has not repositioned himself to the rightsince he was governor of Massachusetts.  It is impossible to figure out where he stands or where he would lead the country."

    juicy fun! (none / 0) (#3)
    by Judith on Fri Jan 25, 2008 at 04:04:15 PM EST
    I wonder where she will pop up next.  Will they make a movie of her life?  Who will play her?

    Judith Regan (none / 0) (#4)
    by diplomatic on Fri Jan 25, 2008 at 04:13:13 PM EST
    She seems like a person I wouldn't want to mess with for a variety of reasons.

    wouldnt it be fun (none / 0) (#5)
    by athyrio on Fri Jan 25, 2008 at 04:29:05 PM EST
    to watch Judity Regan play hardball with Tweety lol.....

    that would be 1 show (none / 0) (#6)
    by Judith on Fri Jan 25, 2008 at 04:31:36 PM EST
    and then goodbye tweety.

    I'd buy a ticket for that (none / 0) (#7)
    by scribe on Fri Jan 25, 2008 at 05:01:00 PM EST
    truth be told, (none / 0) (#8)
    by cpinva on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 08:09:50 AM EST
    i kind of hope they pay her in loose pennies, dropped on her house from a C-5A transport, with video of course. i find the whole group loathsome; regan, giuliani and murdoch/news corp.