New York Post Reaches Settlement in Boston Marathon Libel Case—And We’ll Never Know Who Won

–Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe

The New York Post has reached a settlement in a Boston Marathon bombing defamation suit. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but both sides will pay their own attorneys’ fees, according to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

The two plaintiffs in the case, Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi, were pictured on the front page of the Post with the headline “Bag Men: Feds seek duo pictured at Boston Marathon.’’ The pair sued in June 2013, claiming defamation. But the Post said they got the information from FBI sources and, at the time of publication, it was true.

Since then, both sides have pointed to emails and other documents to make their case to the public.


The sentence-long “stipulation of dismissal’’ was signed by all parties on Sept. 26 and filed with Suffolk Superior Court. In it, the two sides agreed the case was dismissed with prejudice, meaning the case won’t be re-filed in the future.