Judge Allows Peter Paul Biro’s Suit Against ‘The New Yorker’ to Proceed

Photograph by Steve Pyke, from the magazine.

The New York Times reports that while a federal judge in New York recently dismissed many claims made by Peter Paul Biro, subject of a recent profile by David Grann in The New Yorker, his lawsuit against the magazine will continue.

The latest ruling came down Tuesday. From The Times:

“The Article as a whole does not make express accusations against Biro, or suggest concrete conclusions about whether or not he is a fraud. Rather, it lays out evidence that may raise questions, and allows the reader to make up his or her own mind,” the judge wrote in his opinion. “At the same time, there can be little doubt that even a publication that, on the whole, merely raises questions has the potential to have serious consequences on a plaintiff’s reputation.”

The New Yorker said it is confident that it will win the case. The piece concerned Mr. Biro’s method of using fingerprints to authenticate paintings.