Court Ends Defamation Suit Brought By Boston Member Against the Herald

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Tom Scholz of Boston performs at ACL Live on July 11, 2012 in Austin, Texas.

The Supreme Court has declined to revive defamation lawsuits filed by the founder of the rock group Boston against the Boston Herald and the ex-wife of the band's late lead singer.

The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling dismissing lawsuits filed by Tom Scholz over articles that quoted people discussing the suicide of singer Brad Delp. Scholz claimed the comments unfairly blamed him for the suicide.

A judge threw out the lawsuit against Delp's ex-wife Micki Delp in 2011, but the state appeals court reinstated it. A different judge threw out Scholz's separate lawsuit against the Herald.

Massachusetts' highest court ruled last year that Micki Delp's statements were opinions that could not form the basis of a defamation claim.