Brodsky says that a letter obtained by the Chicago Tribune from Greenberg, an attorney on Peterson's legal team, contained material that was "false and misleading," according to the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court. Brodsky's lawsuit claims Greenberg's letter was "a false narrative" designed to defame Brodsky as revenge for Brodsky's attempt to fire Greenberg as one of Peterson's attorneys.
Chicago Tribune Editor Gerould W. Kern said, “We stand behind our reporting and our reporters, and we intend to defend this suit vigorously.”
The lawsuit states that the letter defamed Brodsky by claiming he was a liar and an incompetent lawyer, among other counts.
After Peterson was found guilty in September of the 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, the lawsuit says Greenberg had motive to defame Brodsky, so the blame of losing the case would be placed solely on Brodsky.
The letter put Brodsky's law office "in a false light in the public eye," causing him to lose out on profits, according to the suit.
Brodsky lists Chicago Tribune parent Tribune Co. as a defendant for publishing information from Greenberg's letter. Also listed are Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair, AOL Patch, Patch Media Corp. and Patch editor Joseph Hosey.
Brodsky is represented by Chicago attorney Walter P. Maksym, who said in a statement Wednesday that he is confident Brodsky will win the case and "that his good name will be cleared and his professional reputation will be restored."
Tribune Co. declined comment.