Defamation claim against two Rio Nuevo board members

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The would-be developer of Tucson's former downtown hotel project filed a defamation claim against two Rio Nuevo board members.

At the center of the claim are several comments made by Jonathan Paton and Jodi Bain in a Fox 11 story that aired August 4.

Garfield-Traub says they should be held personally responsible for tarnishing the company's reputation.

The company is asking for $1.8 million in damages, if the board members don't retract their statements and pay the money it says it's owed.