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Judge halts River Birch landfill owner's defamation lawsuit

Fred Heebe Fred Heebe
Sal Perricone Sal Perricone

New Orleans, La. - A federal judge has agreed to stay the defamation lawsuit that landfill owner Fred Heebe filed against former federal prosecutor Sal Perricone.

Heebe, who owns the River Birch landfill in Jefferson Parish, remains at the center of a federal probe into the landfill's 25-year, $160 million disposal contract with the parish.  He claimed in his suit that he was hurt by posts Perricone made on NOLA.com, using the handle "Henry L. Mencken1951".  Some of those posts were about Heebe.

The order by U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance puts the defamation case on hold while the Justice Department investigates Perricone's posts.

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