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Steve Wynn

Wins $7.5 Million Judgment

Against Joe Francis

2/23/2012 1:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Joe Francis
hopefully saved a bunch of money from his "Girls Gone Wild" empire, because a judge just ordered him to pay Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn $7.5 million.

Wynn filed the defamation lawsuit, after Francis said he was going to reveal how Wynn deceived his high-end customers.

The judge determined Francis damaged Wynn's reputation to the tune of $5 million. And the judge heaped on an addition $2.5 million in punitive damages, which serves as punishment for reckless disregard for the truth. 

Francis' lawyer, David Houston, tells TMZ, "We will appeal this order. Joe was not allowed to defend himself."

Francis and Houston tell us, "Even if this order stands, it will only be a small offset from the 10's of millions of dollars that we are requesting from Steve Wynn in another lawsuit -- in a less Wynn-friendly courtroom."

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46.

Fred Farkel    

Team Joe.

Hey Wynn: Your newer hotels suck and it takes too long to park and retrieve your cars there.

(PS: And I drive an Azure)

973 days ago
47.

Fallopia Lopez    

Best news in a long time. I hope he has to sell his underwear on Ebay to pay it off. If ever a guy deserved the worst...

973 days ago
48.

Janet    

If you average the looks of these two, they equal David Gest, one of Liza Minnelli's husbands. And Steve Wynn is also starting to look like Wayne Newton. Too much surgery.

972 days ago
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