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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)

Joseph E. De Ritts v. Thomas J. McGarrigle, et al.

To explain a perceived demotion to judges, other attorneys, and county officials, Appellee, an Assistant Public Defender, circulated a rumor he had heard and alleged he was being punished for taking too many cases to trial. After the Public Defender fired Appellee for those statements, Appellee filed suit, claiming a violation of his First Amendment rights, and the District Court denied the Public... More...   $0 (06-29-2017 - PA)

Aristea Hupp v. Solera Oak Valley Greens Association

Plaintiff Aristea Hupp (Aristea) appeals judgment entered after the trial court
granted defendants Solera Oak Valley Greens Association and City of Beaumont Animal
Control Officer Jack Huntsman’s1 ex parte application to dismiss Aristea’s first amended
complaint (FAC) under the vexatious litigant provision, Code of Civil Procedure section
Aristea ... More...
   $0 (06-25-2017 - CA)

Aristea Hupp v. Solera Oak Valley Greens Association

Plaintiff Aristea Hupp (Aristea) appeals judgment entered after the trial court
granted defendants Solera Oak Valley Greens Association and City of Beaumont Animal
Control Officer Jack Huntsman’s1 ex parte application to dismiss Aristea’s first amended
complaint (FAC) under the vexatious litigant provision, Code of Civil Procedure section
Aristea contends the tria... More...
   $0 (06-23-2017 - CA)

Arshad Yousuf, M.D. v. George Cohlmia, M.D. and Cardiovascular Surgical Specialists Corporation Tulsa County Courthouse - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK - Arshad Yousuf, M.D. v. George Cohlmia, M.D. and Cardiovascular Surgical Specialists Corporation

Filed Date: 11/15/2004
Party Name Disposition Information
   $0 (06-14-2017 - OK)

Arsenio Cordova v. Jill Cline, et al.

This dispute comes before the Court in relation to a malicious abuse of process
4 claim made by Taos school board member Arsenio Cordova (Cordova) against
5 eighteen members of an unincorporated citizens’ association (collectively,
6 Petitioners) following their efforts to remove Cordova from office under the Local
7 School Board Member Recall Act (Recall Act), NMSA 1978, §§ 22-7-1... More...
   $0 (05-26-2017 - NM)

James W. Paulsen v. Ellen A. Yarrell

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 impro... More...
   $0 (05-25-2017 - TX)

Tammy Fisher v. Brian Koopman

After an investigation spearheaded by Detective Brian Koopman, the Loveland
Police Department (the “Department”) accused former police officer Tammy Fisher
of alerting friends to a child pornography investigation—allowing the friends to
delete files from their computer’s hard drive before the police executed a search
warrant. The Department ultimately decided not to pursue any off... More...
   $0 (05-23-2017 - CO)

Joan Johnson, Kaleta Johnson, Seth Johnson and Wirt Blaffer v. Michael Phillips, Spindle Top Publishing, and Phillips Akers Womac, P.C.

After siblings Kaleta and Seth Johnson sued Dinesh Shah for Shah’s protracted abuse of their family, Michael Phillips, a Houston attorney, defended Shah against the allegations in a 2008 civil trial. Phillips later published a book,
titled “Monster in River Oaks,” about the events giving rise to the suit. According to its prologue, the book tells the “story of a predatory monster that set out ... More...
   $0 (05-23-2017 - TX)

Dirck Van Audenhove v. Robert D. Perry

Dirck Van Audenhove sued Robert Perry for malicious prosecution, alleging that
Perry contacted the police and falsely accused him of stalking, and that the police
arrested him, but the district attorney’s office ultimately declined to prosecute. The trial
court sustained a demurrer and dismissed the action, on the ground that the complaint
failed to allege a prosecution, as ... More...
   $0 (05-20-2017 - )

Bennett Sprecher and Louise Forlenza v. Marc Thibodeau

New York, NY - Big Lawsuit Results in Little Verdict

Bennett Sprecher and Louise Forlenza sued Marc Thibodeau on breach of contract, tortious interference and defamation theories claiming that Thibodeau interfered in the production of Rebecca an ill-fated Broadway musical that never came to be. The Plaintiff's sought $10 million in damages.

The Plaintiff claimed that Defendant s... More...
   $0 (05-12-2017 - NY)

Dr. Kristian Ferry v. McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center and McKenzie Physician Services

Salem, OR - Dr. Kristian Ferry sued McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center on breach of contract and defamation theories claiming to have been damaged as a direct result of for being terminated in 2015.

The Defendants denied wrongdoing and asserted truth in their defense on the libel claim.... More...
   $158333 (05-07-2017 - OR)

Sungho Park v. Board of Trustees of the California State University

To combat lawsuits designed to chill the exercise of free speech and
petition rights (typically known as strategic lawsuits against public participation,
or SLAPPs), the Legislature has authorized a special motion to strike claims that
are based on a defendant‘s engagement in such protected activity. (See Code Civ.
Proc., § 425.16, subd. (a).)1 We consider a question that has gener... More...
   $0 (05-07-2017 - )

Katia Julian v. Mission Community Hospital

This action arises out of a series of events that began at a
Los Angeles middle school, where Katia Julian taught
mathematics, and ended at Mission Community Hospital, where
Julian was involuntarily detained for mental health evaluation
and treatment. After her release, Julian sued the Los Angeles
Unified School District (LAUSD), the Los Angeles Unified School
Police (LAUSP... More...
   $0 (05-03-2017 - )

Joe Shields v. Ultimate Vacation Group, LLC d/b/a Royal Bahamas Cruise Line Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Appellee Ultimate Vacation Group LLC d/b/a Royal Bahamas Cruise Line
sued appellant Joe Shields for breach of a settlement agreement that resolved an
earlier lawsuit between the parties. Shields filed a motion to dismiss under the
Texas Citizens Participation Act, arguing that the lawsuit was related to a comment
he had filed with Federal Communications Commission. See TEX. C... More...
   $0 (04-23-2017 - )

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