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Associated Press Modified: November 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm •  Published: November 12, 2012
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Francis testified he heard about the claims from Grammy-winner Quincy Jones, who told the jury that no such statements were made.

Wynn's attorney Mitchell Langberg said the casino executive was not disappointed by the ruling. "Steve Wynn is very happy with a $19 million compensatory damages award," he said.

Langberg said the ruling upheld the jury's determination that Francis made untrue statements about Wynn, confirming "what the case was about."

O'Donnell's ruling states that the jury had no evidence to support awarding punitive damages in the case. "The jury's punitive damage award was speculative and clearly the result of the jury's dislike of the defendant and/or his businesses," the judge wrote.

Wynn is the CEO of Wynn Resorts Ltd. and designed Las Vegas casinos such as The Mirage, Bellagio, Wynn and Encore. After the trial, Wynn called Francis a "digital assassin" and said he hoped the large verdict would discourage others from taking what he described as cheap shots.

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Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP