A $5 million lawsuit over former President Jimmy Carter’s book “Palestine Peace Not a Apartheid” was dropped Thursday, today’s New York Times tells us:
When the suit was filed in February, Simon & Schuster immediately condemned it, calling it frivolous, without merit and a “chilling attack on free speech.”
On Thursday, after the suit was dropped, Adam Rothberg, a spokesman for Simon & Schuster, said in a statement: “In the face of a powerful argument for the rights of free speech for authors and publishers, the plaintiffs wisely withdrew their action. We hope that they will consider this the end of the matter.
Mr. Rothberg said there had been no financial settlement between the parties.
The suit was filed by David I. Schoen, a lawyer in Montgomery, Ala. He said the book contained inaccuracies that the publisher refused to correct. Some reviews of the book, which was published in 2007, said that Mr. Carter had included misrepresentations of the history of the conflict in the