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Defamation claim brought against Random House, the biggest selling book publisher in the UK

28 January 2010

Sarah Webb successfully sued Random House, the publishers of “The Billionaire’s Vinegar”, on behalf of the internationally renowned wine connoisseur and former director of Christie’s, Michael Broadbent. The book had contained allegations which suggested that Mr Broadbent had behaved in an unprofessional manner in the way in which he had auctioned some of the highly valuable “Jefferson” bottles of wine and that his relationship and dealings with Hardy Rodenstock, who discovered the original collection, was suspected of being improper. An unreserved apology was given in open court, the publishers undertook not to repeat the allegations and he was paid a substantial sum in damages and all his legal costs.