Case Conclusion Date: 03.30.2006
Practice Area: Lawsuits and disputes
Outcome: Libel lawsuit dismissed.
Description: The defense convinced a federal trial court to eject a defamation lawsuit where the lawsuit was filed in Maryland against our client who was in New Jersey. The United States District Court in Maryland agreed on March 30, 2006, with Marks & Katz that the Maryland courts have no jurisdiction over our client, holding that Maryland's long arm statute does not establish personal jurisdiction where the plaintiff cannot show any contact between the defendant and Maryland other than the defendant's posting of an allegedly defamatory message to a national e-mail listserv focused on Tae Kwon Do refereeing. The court gave the plaintiff until mid-April 2006 to file a request to have the case transferred to another federal court; the plaintiff did not do so. The case is Dring v. Sullivan, 423 F. Supp. 2d 540 (D.Md. 2006). The opinion is available here http://markskatz.com/Opinion.pdf .