On April 9, 2019, the First Department issued a decision in Offor v. Mercy Med. Ctr., 2019 NY Slip Op. 02663, dismissing a defamation claim for failure to plead the circumstances of the defamatory statement with particularity, explaining:
The more recent statements are not actionable because plaintiff failed to set forth the exact words complained of and the time, place and manner of the purported defamation.
(Internal quotations and citations omitted).
Civil litigation can involve claims that cause real reputational harm. As this decision shows, there are special rules relating to pleading defamation claims, such as the requirement that the allegations be specific. Contact Schlam Stone & Dolan partner John Lundin at firstname.lastname@example.org if you or a client have questions about whether statements about you or your business can be the basis for a claim for defamation.
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