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Lyle Stuart papers, 1926-2010, bulk 1949-2003

Series III: Lawsuits, 1954-2003

Lyle Stuart was a frequent party to lawsuits throughout his career. An early notable case was a libel suit brought by Stuart against columnist Walter Winchell: after publishing a muckraking exposé of Winchell, the columnist alluded to Stuart's guilty plea for attempted blackmail in the early 1940s. Stuart, whose sentence was suspended, sued Winchell and won an $8000 settlement, which he and his wife used to found Lyle Stuart, Inc.

Many of the represented lawsuits relating to money and contract disputes (including a forgery charge against Salvador Dalí), but the largest file is Steve Wynn's libel suit against Lyle Stuart and Stuart's subsequent countersuit. A biography of Wynn published by Stuart, Running Scared (1995) implied Wynn's Mafia-connections. While the initial case led to a $3 million defamation judgement against Stuart and Barricade Books, the judgement was eventually reversed on appeal.

Materials in this series consist of complaints, deposition transcripts, and other pre-trial and trial records. Some lawsuits include significant pre-trial research, including private investigator reports, as well as publicity-related clippings. Files are arranged by case citation, with the Wynn v Stuart case being significantly larger than the other files.

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Box 2 Ralph Charell v. Herb Cohen and Lyle Stuart, Inc., 1981-1984, (2 folders)


Box 2 Farouk Fouad v. Lyle Stuart, 1962-1963, (5 folders)


Box 2 In re Ezra Goodman, Debtor, 1968-1969, (1 folder)


Box 2 Lawrence Harmon v. Wayne Kassel, Lyle Stuart, et al., 1983, (1 folder)


Box 2 Philip Mandina v. Linda Lovelace, Lyle Stuart, et al., 1982-1984, (6 folders)


Box 2 Elizabeth Spaulding v. Lyle Stuart and Kitty Kelley, 1978-1980, (2 folders)


Box 2 Lyle Stuart, Inc. v. Belthor Trading, 1983, (1 folder)



Box 3 Lyle Stuart v. Confidential, Inc., et al., 1954-1956, (1 folder)


Box 3 Lyle Stuart, Inc. v. Salvador Dali, 1973-1976, (3 folders)


Box 3 Lyle Stuart v. Walter Winchell, 1955-1956, (3 folders)


Stephen Wynn v. Lyle Stuart, 1995-2003


Box 3 Correspondence, 1995-2003, (5 folders)


Box 3 Legal Bills and Fundraising, 1995-2003, (6 folders)


Box 3 Publicity, 1997-2001, (7 folders)


Box 3 Clark County District Court Records, 1995-1997, (29 folders)



Box 4 Clark County District Court Records, 1995-1997, (29 folders)



Box 25 Clark County District Court Records, 1995-1997, (29 folders)



Box 4 Clark County District Court Trial Transcripts, 1997, (20 folders)



Box 5 Clark County District Court Trial Transcripts, 1997, (20 folders)


Box 5 Supreme Court of Nevada Appeal, 1997-2001, (25 folders)



Box 25 Supreme Court of Nevada Appeal, 1997-2001, (25 folders)



Box 5 Countersuit by Lyle Stuart, 1995-2000, (9 folders)



Box 6 Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Action, 1997-2001, (10 folders)


Box 6 William Zamora v. Kensington Publishing Co., Lyle Stuart, et al., 1979-1982, (2 folders)