Tennessee Woman Sues Over Ad Claiming Broken Engagement

A woman is suing a Lebanon, Tenn., newspaper publishing company and a radio station chain over an ad that she contends falsely claimed she was involved in a broken wedding engagement.

Tammy LaPoint's libel lawsuit names the Lebanon Publishing Co., Clear Channel Communications Inc., two Nashville disc jockeys and the man who placed the ad in The Lebanon Democrat and Mt. Juliet News.

LaPoint's lawsuit said Paul Dunkel took out an ad on July 9 saying their engagement was over.

LaPoint denied in her lawsuit ever being engaged to Dunkel. The lawsuit said the ad made LaPoint fearful, caused her to miss work and forced her to seek counseling and install a home security system.

Dunkel appeared on WRVW-FM radio to talk about the ad. Radio show hosts Woody Wood and Jim Chandler also were named in the suit.

Lebanon Publishing Co. Vice President Joseph H. Adams said, "As a matter of policy, we do not comment on pending litigation. However, as soon as this matter has been cleared in the courts, we will inform our readers as to the outcome of the litigation."

A spokesman for San Antonio-based Clear Channel didn't return calls seeking comment Thursday.

LaPoint is seeking $1.5 million in damages.