Tom Scholz ordered to pay Boston Herald for court costs

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Tom Scholz of Boston lost the lawsuit. Now he has to pay the winner's court costs.

Scholz has been ordered to pay the Boston Herald $132,000 for costs it incurred in successfully defending itself against his defamation lawsuit. Scholz had claimed two Herald reporters blamed him for the 2007 suicide of Boston singer Brad Delp.

A judge dismissed the suit in March, saying it's impossible to know why Delp killed himself. Although Scholz's lawyers argued he shouldn't have to pay court costs, the judge said court rules require it.

Herald publisher Pat Purcell says the decision is a reminder of "the harmful impact" such lawsuits can have.

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