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Monday, July 21, 2008

Ind. Courts - "Procedure not followed in slander lawsuit, say attorneys"

Sophia Voravong of the Lafayette Journal & Courier reported July 19th in a story that begins:

A Tippecanoe County judge will decide whether a Lafayette man can proceed with a defamation lawsuit against the city over remarks a city councilman made to the man's employer.

Donn Brown, a driver for CityBus, filed the civil complaint -- specifically for slander -- in February in Tippecanoe Circuit Court. He is asking for $715,000 in punitive damages.

But during a hearing Friday afternoon, Indianapolis attorney John Roy argued that the lawsuit should be dismissed. Roy and city attorney Ed Chosnek are representing Lafayette in the case.

"He did not give us notice of tort claim. He simply brought forth the lawsuit," Roy told Judge Don Daniel. "In fact, we did not know about the lawsuit until it was filed."

Daniel did not make a decision on Friday.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 21, 2008 08:28 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts