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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court grants transfer in absolute privilege case

Preliminary information is available on transfers so far this week (but this does not replace Friday's transfer list). The Court granted transfer, with opinion, in Bradley v. State - see ILB summary here.

In addition, the Court has granted transfer in the case of Virginia Hartman and Suzanne Swinehart v. Dr. Gabe Keri. The ILB summary of the CA opinion is here (6th case). From that summary:

We address a single dispositive issue on review, namely, whether communications made in the course of official proceedings brought under the antiharassment policies of The Trustees of Purdue University (“Purdue”) are protected by an absolute privilege. We reverse. * * *

Thus, we hold that an absolute privilege is essential to protect the integrity of the judicial functions embodied by the antiharassment proceeding. As such, Keri cannot maintain an action for defamation against Swinehart and Hartman based on the Purdue complaints, and Swinehart and Hartman are entitled to summary judgment.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 13, 2007 03:29 PM
Posted to Indiana Transfer Lists