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.