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Posted: March 14, 2019

Qualified Privilege Bars Defamation Claim

On February 26, 2019, the First Department issued a decision in L.Y.E. Diamonds, Ltd. v. Gemological Inst. of Am., Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op. 01360, holding that a defamation claim was barred by qualified privilege, explaining: The motion court correctly dismissed, pursuant to CPLR 3211(a)(1), the defamation and trade libel causes of action on the... Read more »

Posted: March 5, 2019

Defamation Claim Dismissed; Alleged Defamatory Statements Subject to Qualified Privilege

On February 20, 2019, the Second Department issued a decision in Udeogalanya v. Kiho, 2019 NY Slip Op. 01251, holding that a defamation claim should be dismissed based on the qualified privilege, explaining: We agree with the defendants’ contention, raised as an alternative ground for affirmance, that the challenged statements were protected by a qualified privilege.... Read more »

Posted: March 3, 2019

Tortious Interference Based on Defamation Must be Pleaded With Particularity

On February 13, 2019, Justice Borrok of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Wikked Entertainment, Inc. v. Burbacki, 2019 NY Slip Op. 30329(U), holding that a claim for tortious interference based on defamation must be pleaded with particularity, explaining: The motion to dismiss the second cause of action (tortious interference) is granted... Read more »

Posted: January 12, 2018

Defamation Claim Barred by Fair and True Report Privilege

On January 11, 2018, the First Department issued a decision in Highland Capital Management, L.P. v. Stern, 2018 NY Slip Op. 00230, dismissing a defamation claim under the fair and true report privilege, explaining: Defendant Stern’s statement to the Wall Street Journal, that plaintiff investment advisor “just took our money,” fell within the statutory privilege... Read more »

Posted: December 21, 2017

Motion to Dismiss Defamation Claims Granted Based on Qualified Privilege

On December 7, 2017, Justice Ostrager of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in L.Y.E. Diamonds Ltd. v. Gemological Institute of America Inc., 2017 NY Slip Op. 32576(U), dismissing a defamation claim on a motion to dismiss based on qualified privilege, explaining: In a defamation action, such as this, a qualified privilege... Read more »

Posted: December 1, 2017

Litigation Privilege Bars Defamation Claim

On November 28, 2017, the First Department issued a decision in Peters v. Coutsodontis, 2017 NY Slip Op. 08308, holding that the litigation privilege barred a defamation claim, explaining: Supreme Court properly concluded that the alleged defamatory statements were pertinent to the 2005 action and therefore absolutely protected by the judicial proceedings privilege. The statement... Read more »

Posted: March 13, 2017

Allegations of Malicious Prosecution and Defamation Based on Allegations in Complaint Upheld

On February 28, 2017, the First Department issued a decision in Thomas v. G2 FMV, LLC, 2017 NY Slip Op. 01511, upholding claims for malicious prosecution and defamation based on allegations in a complaint, explaining: Plaintiff alleges that, for improper purposes, defendants brought an action for a declaration that he resigned from G2 Investment Group,... Read more »