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ARTICLE ID 195953

$________ ON COUNTERCLAIM – DEFAMATION – PLAINTIFF BROUGHT SUIT FOR PUBLISHING OF OPEN LETTER TO HOMETOWN RESIDENTS ASSERTING THAT THE DEFENDANT WAS NOT INVOLVED IN THE POLITICAL CORRUPTION, FRAUD, ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES, AND ETHICAL VIOLATIONS OF WHICH THE PLAINTIFF HAD ACCUSED HIM – DEFENDANT COUNTERCLAIMED, ALLEGING THAT THE PLAINTIFF ENGAGED IN AN EXTENSIVE DEFAMATION CAMPAIGN AGAINST HIM.

Middlesex County, MA

In this defamation matter, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant defamed him by publishing an open letter to residents of the town. The defendant counterclaimed, alleging that the plaintiff engaged in an extensive defamation campaign against him.

The plaintiff was a businessman who opined that the defendant published an open letter to the residents of the town, asserting that the defendant was not involved in the political corruption, fraud, illegal activities, and ethical violations that the plaintiff had accused him of on numerous occasions via mass mailings, email blasts, flyers, and websites. The plaintiff maintained that this letter amounted to defamation, and he sought damages from the defendant. The letter addressed – line-by-line – the allegations that the plaintiff had made against the defendant, essentially calling the plaintiff a liar.

The defendant denied the allegations, and maintained that the letter was accurate and truthful. The defendant also filed a counterclaim against the plaintiff alleging defamation. The defendant maintained that the plaintiff, and his corporation, had engaged in a deliberate, multi-year campaign against him solely to defame his reputation and standing in the community.

The matter proceeded to trial, where the plaintiff was ruled to be a limited purpose public figure, and the defendant was deemed a public official based upon his position as former chair of the board of selectman, an attorney, and the holder of other elected offices.At the conclusion of the trial, the jury deliberated and returned its verdict against the plaintiff and in favor of the defendant on the plaintiff’s claim. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant on the defendant’s counterclaim. The jury awarded the plaintiff the sum of $________ in damages. The jury’s verdict consisted of $________ for damaged reputation, $________ for emotional distress, and $________ in compensatory damages.

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