Thursday, June 21, 2012

Summary Judgment Granted in Lackawanna County Defamation Case

In his recent decision in the case of Nasser v. Cooper, No. 2007 - Civil - 1390 (C.P. Lacka. Co. June 7, 2012 Nealon, J.), Judge Terrence R. Nealon of the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas ruled on a summary judgment motion arising out of a case involving accountants who sued their former client for slander based upon defamatory statements allegedly made.  
Judge Terrence R. Nealon
The former client filed a motion for summary judgment on the grounds that the Plaintiffs could not make out a prima facie case for defamation under 42 Pa.C.S. 8343(a).

The court granted summary judgment after finding that, based upon several reasons, the Plaintiffs had not sustained their burden of proof to get beyond the summary judgment stage.

In his Opinion, Judge Nealon thoroughly reviewed a variety of issues in defamation law, including the need for (1) admissible hearsay evidence of publication or procurement of republication, (2) defamatory meaning of the publication, and (3) proof of special damages.

Anyone wishing to review this Opinion in Nasser v. Cooper by Judge Nealon may click this LINK.

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