A wealthy Toronto businessman’s defamation lawsuit against the billionaire CEO of Marvel Entertainment took a credibility hit after a Florida judge ruled that Harold Peerenboom illegally collected DNA samples. Mr. Peerenboom is suing Isaac Perlmutter, who sold Marvel to Disney for $4-billion (U.S.) in 2009, alleging he launched a hate-mail campaign against him in a dispute over the tennis pro at the exclusive Palm Beach complex where they live.
Crime-fraud obtaining DNA
Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Meena Sasser recently ruled that Mr. Peerenboom and his lawyer at the time, William Douberly, “acted fraudulently” to obtain the DNA and released the results without the consent of the Perlmutters.
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