Nashville publisher sues Don Imus, claiming defamation

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Tennessee book publisher is suing Don Imus for more than $4 million, saying the radio shock jock badmouthed the company last year and called its commercials for a book about former President Gerald Ford "cheesy."

Flatsigned Press Inc. says it was maligned last year after it paid to advertise on "Imus in the Morning." It says Imus claimed the publishers "have been waiting for him (Ford) to croak so they can unload these" books.

The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan's state Supreme Court, says Imus told his WFAN audience in January 2007, "Now that he's (Ford) flatLINED, you go to"

Marc Held, an attorney for the Nashville, Tenn., company, said Imus was told not to disparage the sponsor but he kept doing it.

Representatives for CBS and Citadel did not immediately return calls for comment.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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