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Court dismisses Star's appeal of disclosure order

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INDIANAPOLIS -

The state Court of Appeals has dismissed The Indianapolis Star's appeal of a local judge's order requiring it to identify a person who made anonymous comments on its website that a former chief executive of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana contends were defamatory.

The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 on Friday that the newspaper couldn't appeal because the local judge's order wasn't a final decision in the dispute.

Junior Achievement CEO Jeffrey Miller and Cynthia Miller sued the Star over a 2010 comment regarding the organization's financial affairs which Miller claims defamed him.

The Star appealed after a local judge ordered it to identify the commenter. The appellate court set standards for requiring the Star to comply, and the local judge again ordered it to identify the commenter.

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