Plaintiff is suing for $15,000 with no proof of libel, slander or defamation of character. Mediation is scheduled. Do most of the cases get dismissed at this point? There is very little evidence that the plaintiff is trying to scrounger up. This individual sees dollar signs and is trying to capitalize on this. Several people posted on social media that this woman is a scam artist, but she has targeted me. Googling her name comes up with negative feedback. Any recommendations to help me get this dismissed?
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There are no evidentiary rule in mediation, but there is also no guarantee that the opposing party will get realistic about a frivolous claim.
Proving a defamation case is extremely difficult, and the damages issue requires rigorous proof. The fastest strategy for dismissal is summary judgment. In the hands of an adept litigator, the plaintiff is put to her proof and upon her failure, judgment is entered in defendant's favor with potential for an award of attorney's fees against the plaintiff. Sometimes a targeted defendant must spend a little to teach a plaintiff like this not to suck eggs. Attorney's fee awards are an effective response to frivolous legal actions.
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Cases don't get "dismissed" at mediation. Mediation is an opportunity for both sides to discuss the pros & cons of their respective cases and try to reach a settlement. If that can't be accomplished then the case proceeds to trial unless their are motions made to dispose of the case (e.g., Motion for Summary Judgment) before trial. You should consult a lawyer before the date of mediation to discuss the strength of the plaintiff's case before you automatically "dismiss" her case as meritless.
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A mediator has no power to dismiss any suit, so dismissal will not occur at any mediation. I suggest you retain an attorney to represent you at the mediation and hopefully negotiate a satisfactory resolution to the claim. Have you reported this action to your homeowners or renters insurance carrier and asked them to provide you with a defense?
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