Canfora v. Schaffer, 13CA0415 (Opinion Not Published)

Edward C. Hopkins Jr.

Case Conclusion Date:February 6, 2014

Practice Area:Libel & Slander

Outcome:Reversed Trial Court

Description:The Colorado Court of Appeals reversed a Jefferson County trial court's ruling on a motion to dismiss that defamatory statements the defendant published at a public meeting were absolutely privileged. The Court of Appeals found that there was insufficient evidence for the trial court to conclude that the defendant's defamatory statements were published during quasi-judicial proceedings. Therefore, there was insufficient evidence to support the trial court's legal ruling that the statements were subject to the absolute privilege for statements made during such proceedings.

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