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New York Times must face Sarah Palin's defamation claim -court ruling

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A federal judge on Friday rejected the New York Times' bid to dismiss Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit over an editorial she said wrongly linked her to a 2011 mass shooting.

NEW YORK, Aug 28 (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday rejected the New York Times' NYT.N bid to dismiss Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit over an editorial she said wrongly linked her to a 2011 mass shooting.

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said there was "sufficient evidence to allow a rational finder of fact to find actual malice by clear and convincing evidence."

Palin was the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate and also served as Alaska's governor.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Sandra Maler)

((jon.stempel@thomsonreuters.com; +1 646 223 6317; Reuters Messaging: jon.stempel.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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