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Linda Linn and Mark Shuck v. Pat Montgomery, Chisty Schrader and Brad Allen Iowa Supreme Court

In this appeal, a plaintiff asks our court to decide if the district
court properly granted summary judgment and partial summary
judgment on his defamation claim based on the running of the statute of
limitations. Additionally, we must determine if the court properly
granted summary judgment on the plaintiff’s malicious prosecution claim
on the ground the defendants merely furn... More...
   $0 (10-27-2017 - IA)

Steven Wormald and Elizabeth Anne Wormald v. Norman Villarina, Doug Wertheimer, Aaron Snegg and McGuffy Credit Facility 1, L.L.C. Fort Bend County Courthouse - Richmond, Texas

This accelerated appeal of the granting of three special appearances arises out of a borrower-lender dispute. After the lender, a limited liability company, brought a collection suit against the borrowers and guarantors, the guarantors filed a counterclaim against the lender and filed various claims against others. The
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guarantors now challenge the trial court’s granting of the special ap... More...
   $0 (10-27-2017 - OK)

Louis F. Puig, MD, PA v. High Standards Networking and Computer Service, Inc. d/b/a High Standards Technology, Inc. Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

High Standards Networking and Computer Service, Inc. d/b/a High Standards Technology, Inc. (“HST”) sued Louis F. Puig, MD, PA d/b/a Occupational Medical Care (“OMC”) for breach of contract and business disparagement. OMC counterclaimed for breach of contract, harmful access by computer, and trespass.
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The jury found in favor of HST on its claim and against OMC on its counterclaims. On app... More...
   $0 (10-26-2017 - TX)

James W. Paulsen v. Ellen A. Yarrell Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

This is an appeal from a take-nothing final summary judgment rendered in favor of appellee Ellen A. Yarrell on appellant James W. Paulsen’s defamation claims. Paulsen challenges the trial court’s denial of a motion to dismiss, which attempted to invoke the Texas Citizens Participation Act. See TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE §§ 27.001–.011. Paulsen also argues that summary judgment was improper becaus... More...   $0 (10-14-2017 - TX)

United States of America ex rel., Joshua Harman v. Trinity Industries, Inc.; Trinity Highway Products, LLC Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - New Orleans, Louisiana

The trial in this case offers two narratives. One of a hardworking man
who, angered by failures of guardrails installed across the United States—with
sometimes devastating consequences—persuaded a Texas jury of a concealed
cause of those failures. The other of the inventive genius of professors at Texas
A&M’s Transportation Institute, who, over many years of study and testing,
... More...
   $0 (10-04-2017 - TX)

Gregory Luce and Nicholas Newman v. Town of Campbell, Wisconsin and Tim Kelemen United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit - St. Louis, Missouri

Interstate 90 runs through
the Town of Campbell, Wisconsin. The speed limit on I-90 in
the Town is 65 miles per hour. Two streets and one pedestrian
overpass cross the highway within the Town. A traffic
survey in 2008 found that between 23,000 and 29,000 trucks
and cars pass through the Town on I-90 every day.
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Gregory Luce and Nicholas Newman, two members ... More...
   $0 (09-27-2017 - WI)

Robert C. Livingston v. Catherine Livingston Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

This suit arises from the acrimonious relationship between Catherine Livingston and her step-son, Robert Livingston. Catherine sued Robert for assault, false imprisonment, and infliction of emotional distress. A jury found that Robert
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had not assaulted or falsely imprisoned Catherine, but it did find that Robert had intentionally inflicted severe emotional distress on Catherine and that ... More...
   $0 (09-21-2017 - TX)

James Dever v. David L. Ward Supreme Court of Massachusetts - Boston, Massachusetts

The plaintiff, James Dever, appeals from an
order allowing the defendants' special motion to dismiss his
amended complaint under the "anti-SLAPP" statute. See G. L.
1 Daniel Rabinovitz; Michaels, Ward & Rabinovitz, LLP;
Daniel Michael Joyce; Moors & Cabot Investments, Inc.; and Aaron
Foley.
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c. 231, § 59H, inserted by St. 1994, c. 283, § 1. Although we
conclude tha... More...
   $0 (09-11-2017 - MA)

Bruce Plante and Dennis Plante v. Ronald P. Long Supreme Court of Maine - Portland, Maine

[¶1] Bruce and Dennis Plante appeal from the entry of a summary
judgment in the Superior Court (York County, Douglas, J.) in favor of Ronald P.
Long on their defamation action. The court concluded that the Plantes failed
to make the necessary prima facie showing that Long acted with actual malice.
We affirm the judgment.
I. BACKGROUND
[¶2] The following facts are taken from... More...
   $0 (09-11-2017 - ME)

David Ceruolo v. Martha Garcia Supreme Court of Massachusetts - Boston, Massachusetts

The plaintiff, David Ceruolo (David) sued his
ex-wife Lyllian Ceruolo (Lyllian),2 and her mother, Martha Garcia
(Garcia) for defamation and negligent and intentional infliction
1 Lyllian Ceruolo.
2 Because these parties share the same last name, we refer
to them by their first names.
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of emotional distress following the conclusion of a contentious
divorce. The defe... More...
   $0 (09-07-2017 - MA)

Sarah Palin v. The New York Times Company Federal Courthouse - New York, New York

New York, NY - Judge Dismisses Sarah Palin's Suite Against NY Times

Sarah Palin sued The New York Times Company on a defamation theory claiming that the Defendant published an editorial that suggested that Jared Lee Loughner, the man who carried out the Tucson massacer, was incited by a map from Palin's PAC's ad, which placed crosshairs over the congressional districts of several Democra... More...
   $0 (08-29-2017 - NY)

William Parrish v. Latham & Watkins

To establish liability for the tort of malicious prosecution, a plaintiff must
demonstrate, among other things, that the defendant previously caused the
commencement or continuation of an action against the plaintiff that was not
supported by probable cause. We have held that if an action succeeds after a
hearing on the merits, that success ordinarily establishes the existence of p... More...
   $0 (08-28-2017 - CA)

William Parrish v. Latham & Watkins

To establish liability for the tort of malicious prosecution, a plaintiff must
demonstrate, among other things, that the defendant previously caused the
commencement or continuation of an action against the plaintiff that was not
supported by probable cause. We have held that if an action succeeds after a
hearing on the merits, that success ordinarily establishes the existence of p... More...
   $0 (08-21-2017 - CA)

Dioka Okorie v. Los Angeles Unified School District

In 2015, Dioka Okorie (Okorie) sued his employer, Los
Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and two of his
supervisors, Jacqueline Hughes (Hughes) and Cynthia
Jackson (Jackson) (collectively, Defendants), alleging, among
other things, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
In response, Defendants filed a special motion to strike the
complaint pursuant to section 425... More...
   $0 (08-17-2017 - CA)

David "Wil" Riggs v. Susan Shannon

David "Wil" Riggs sued Susan Shannon on a defamation theory claiming that her allegation that he raped her when they were cadets at West Point.

Shannon left West Point before graduation. Riggs had a successful Army career until he was accused of raping Shannon.

She claimed truth as her defense.... More...
   $0 (08-12-2017 - VA)

Memorial Hermann Health System v. Samia Khalil, M.D.

After 40 years of employment at Memorial Hermann hospital, Dr. Samia Khalil sued Memorial Hermann Health System for defamation, tortious interference with an existing contract, conspiracy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Khalil, age 77, also sued for age discrimination. Memorial Hermann sought to dismiss several of her claims under summary dismissal procedures found in the Texas ... More...   $0 (08-08-2017 - TX)

Apple Tree Cafe Touring, Inc. and Erica Wright v. Paul Levatino

This is an interlocutory appeal of the trial court’s denial of appellants Apple Tree Café Touring, Inc. and Erica Wright’s motion to dismiss appellee Paul Levatino’s defamation claim under the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA), an Anti-SLAPP statute. See TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE ANN. §§ 27.001–27.011 (West 2015). We reverse, in part, that portion of the trial court’s order awarding Levati... More...   $0 (08-03-2017 - TX)

Tom Retzlaff v. Philip R. Klein, Klein Investigations & Consulting, and James W. Landess

This appeal is brought under section 51.014(a)(12) of the Texas Civil Practice and
Remedies Code, which allows an appeal from an interlocutory order denying a motion to dismiss
under the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA). See TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE ANN.
§ 51.014(a)(12) (West Supp. 2016). The appellant, Tom Retzlaff, argues the trial court erred in
denying his mo... More...
   $0 (08-02-2017 - TX)

Andrea Polito v. Andrew and Neely Moldovan

Dallas, TX - Jury Awards Plaintiff $1 Million in Defamation Case

Weeding photographer Andrea Polito sued Andrew and Neely Moldovan on defamation theories claiming that her business was destroyed by maliciously incorrect information about her and her business.

Plaintiff claimed that the Defendants refused to comply with the terms and conditions set forth in the contract for her se... More...
   $1000000 (08-02-2017 - )

Global Tel*Link Corporation v. Securus Technologies, Inc.

Global Tel*Link Corporation (“GTL”) moved to dismiss a suit brought by Securus Technologies, Inc. (“Securus”) based on the provisions of the Texas Citizen’s Protection Act (“TCPA”). Securus responded asserting the commercial speech exception applied to its suit or, in the alternative, it had clear and convincing evidence to support the claims asserted. Following a hearing, the trial court denied G... More...   $0 (08-01-2017 - TX)

Joseph Chalifoux v. Jennifer Chalifoux, Shaun Woods and Town of Tyingsborough United States Court of Appeals For The First Circuit - Boston, Massachusetts

Appellee Jennifer Chalifoux ("Jennifer")
filed for divorce from her husband, appellant Joseph Chalifoux
("Joseph"), on May 5, 2010. The subsequent divorce proceedings
were highly contentious1 and spawned a torrent of additional
lawsuits in various federal and state courts. The case before us
now is the latest iteration of these lawsuits, wi... More...
   $0 (07-31-2017 - MA)

Filmon.com v. Doubleverify, Inc.

Plaintiff FilmOn.com (FilmOn) is an Internet-based
entertainment media provider. Defendant DoubleVerify, Inc.
(DoubleVerify) provides authentication services to online
advertisers. FilmOn sued DoubleVerify for trade libel, slander,
and other business-related torts, alleging DoubleVerify falsely
classified FilmOn’s websites under the categories “Copyright
Infringement-File S... More...
   $0 (07-26-2017 - CA)

Ryan Larson v. City of Sauk Rapids Tom Roy

Foley, MN - Jury Returns Defendants' Verdict in Defamation Case

Ryan Larson sued City of Sauk Rapids Tom Roy on defamation and respondeat superior theories claiming that he was defamed as a result of having been arrested for the fatal shooting of Cold Spring Officer Tom Decker, which he did not commit.

Plaintiff was held for four days before being released

Court Docket E... More...
   $0 (07-13-2017 - MN)

E. Peter Healey v. Edwin N. Healey, Elizabeth Healey and Michael R. Healey

E. Peter Healey (Pete) appeals from an adverse judgment rendered after a jury trial in this family dispute involving duty and money. Initially brought by his father, Edwin N. Healey (Bud), against Pete and his brothers Paul C. Healey and Mark J. Healey, the suit widened when Pete named his siblings, Elizabeth Healey (Liza) and Michael R. Healey (Mike) as third-party defendants. Pete asserts ten is... More...   $0 (07-12-2017 - TX)

Donald W. Read v. Timothy W. Verboski Tarrant County Courthouse - Fort Worth, Texas

Appellant Donald W. Read appeals from the trial court’s dismissal of his
suit brought against Appellee Timothy W. Verboski,1 a witness in the criminal trial
that resulted in Read’s conviction for driving while intoxicated. Upon Verboski’s
motion, the trial court dismissed Read’s suit under chapter fourteen of the civil
1In Read’s original petition, he incorrectly spelled Verboski’s... More...
   $0 (07-10-2017 - TX)

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