Defamation

In Petrisko v Animal Medical Center, No. 12095, 151573/18, 2019-5044, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 05830, 2020 WL 6065450 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., Oct. 15, 2020), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s defamation, retaliatory discharge, and tortious interference. From the decision: The motion court correctly dismissed as untimely the defamation claims arising from statements that were…

Read More Retaliation, Defamation, and Tortious Interference Claims Properly Dismissed, Court Holds
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In Chang v. Arroyave, No. 55459/2020, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 50910(U), 2020 WL 4690002 (Sup Ct Westchester Cty Aug. 12, 2020), the court denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s defamation claim. The court summarized the facts as follows: On or about April 2, 2020, attorneys for Sonia Arroyava issued a letter for settlement purposes only…

Read More Defamation Case, Arising From Threat of Discrimination/Hostile Work Environment Lawsuit, Survives Motion to Dismiss
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In Winklevoss v. Steinberg, 2019 NY Slip Op 02419 (App. Div. 1st Dept. March 28, 2019), the court unanimously affirmed the dismissal of plaintiffs’ defamation claim. The court based its decision on the plaintiffs’ status (public figures) and their failure to prove “actual malice”, the applicable standard under these circumstances. As to their status, the…

Read More Winklevoss Twins’ Defamation Claim Dismissed; Actual Malice Not Shown
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A recent decision, Petrisko v Animal Medical Center, No. 151573/2018, 2019 NY Slip Op 30679(U), 2019 WL 1311026 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Mar. 22, 2019), highlights important features of New York defamation law – such as when alleged defamatory statements are non-actionable opinion, and the specificity with which such claims must be alleged.…

Read More Defamation Claim Dismissed; Alleged Defamatory Statements Were Non-Actionable Opinion, and Allegations Were Insufficiently Specific as to Time
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In Zervos v. Trump, 2019 NY Slip Op 01851 (App. Div. 1st Dept. March 14, 2019), the court held, inter alia, that Summer Zervos’ defamation lawsuit against President Trump may proceed, and is not barred by the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause.[1]The court also denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s defamation claim for failure to state…

Read More Defamation Case Against Trump Not Barred By Supremacy Clause, First Department Holds
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Defamation claims are not easy to prove. One (substantial) hurdle that a defamation plaintiff must overcome is demonstrating that the alleged defamatory remark was a false statement of fact, rather than (non-actionable) opinion. This is illustrated by a recent court decision, Cardali v. Slater, 2018 NY Slip Op 08544 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Dec. 13, 2018).…

Read More Libel Claim Properly Dismissed; “Common Criminal” Remark Was Nonactionable Opinion
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In Avril Nolan, Claimant, State of New York, Defendant., No. 123283, 61 Misc. 3d 1225(A), 2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 51789(U), 2018 WL 6497131 (N.Y.Ct.Cl., Nov. 08, 2018), the Court of Claims awarded the Claimant – a model whose image was used by the New York State Division of Human Rights in an advertising campaign to…

Read More Model Awarded $125k in Damages Arising Out of Use of Image in HIV Rights Campaign
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In Gillings v. New York Post, 2018 NY Slip Op 07413 (App. Div. 2nd Dept. Nov. 7, 2018), the court affirmed the dismissal of a defamation action against the New York Post and Julia Marsh, on the basis of New York Civil Rights Law § 74. The court summarized the law as follows: Civil Rights Law § 74…

Read More Defamation Action Against New York Post Dismissed Under NY Civil Rights Law § 74
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In Volpe v. Paniccioli, 2017 NY Slip Op 51554(U) (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Sup. Cty. Nov. 15, 2017), a case involving allegations of (inter alia) sexual harassment, the court denied the plaintiff’s motion to dismiss defendant’s counterclaims for, e.g., defamation. By her motion, plaintiff “contends that the statements she has made are absolutely privileged as they were made…

Read More Court in Sexual Harassment Case Holds That Providing Information to Press Was Not “Absolutely Privileged”; Denies Motion to Dismiss Defamation Counterclaim
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