Court Dismisses Lawyer’s and Client’s $120M Libel Lawsuit Against Legal Newspaper
From Beres v. Daily Journal Corp., decided Monday by Judge William Dimitrouleas (S.D. Fla.):
Plaintiff Christopher T. Beres, a Florida lawyer, and Plaintiff Andrew Delaney, one of Beres’ clients, bring one count for defamation against Defendant Daily Journal Corporation based on the Daily Journal’s publication of a two-part article….
The Amended Complaint alleges that on April 28 and April 29, 2020, the Daily Journal published a two-part article entitled Does Covid-19 Threaten Your Trade Secrets? Yes, It Does. (Part I), and Does Covid-19 Threaten Your Trade Secrets? Yes, It Does. (Part II). Plaintiffs allege that these articles defamed them. In addition to alleging that the headlines themselves are defamatory because “the articles ‘conclude’ that [P]laintiffs were guilty six days after the case was filed: ‘Yes, it does,'” Plaintiffs allege that the following statements contained within Part I are false and defamatory:
Any time there is a termination of an employee, there is potential for misappropriation or loss of trade secrets. Consider the following potential scenarios: …
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