LOS ANGELES -- The publisher of a newsletter for municipal bond investors being sued for libel told a jury this week that he never contacted a New Jersey bank to check facts before publishing an article that derided the bank's college savings investment product.

Zane B. Mann, publisher of California Municipal Bond Advisor, said promotional materials from Princeton, N.J.-based College Savings Bank provided the facts examined in the disputed article, while the opinions were his own.

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