Posted by Anna on July 21, 1999 at 16:30:15:
In Reply to: Landlord's Attorney Sues Tenant For Defamation posted by Mark Smith on July 20, 1999 at 15:08:40:
: Doe v. Rafaloff, Supreme Court, New York County, Judge Omansky, New York Law Journal, July 20, 1999 (print edition only):
: An attorney sued for defamation after defendant filed a disciplinary complaint against him. The defendant complained that the attorney made libelous statements during a landlord-tenant proceeding. The court summarily dismissed the attorney's suit, ruling that complaints filed with a grievance committee are absolutely privileged and defamatory statements contained in them are not actionable as a matter of law.
Bravo for Rafaloff!
There are several tenant-eviction-lawfirms that routinely do this, especially to women. They can be quite vicious. They can't defend against the facts or the LL's or their own bad actions, so they slander the tenants & lie about the facts (fraud), sometimes in writing! And they get away with it! Rarely does a judge chastise or punish them, even when s/he catches them in the act!
BUT why does the atty get to be Jane/John Doe but the Tenant gets named ?!?! Did they mention the result of the disciplinary hearing?
ps: if you have the 7/6/99 paper version of NYLJ: can you publish here the very bad FDCPA & Overcharge cases??? Thanks.
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