Federici v Pignotti et al

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Lawsuit

Date: 

12/17/2010

Status: 

Concluded

Location: 

Virginia

Disposition: 

Dismissed (total)

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

N/A
Virginia Psychologist Ronald S. Federici is suing multiple parties from multiple states (Florida, New Jersey, Nebraska, Colorado) for defamation, conspiracy, and tortious interference. Defendants are authors of blogs, forum comments, and websites that were critical of his writings and practices. Plaintiff has... read full description
Parties

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Monica Pignotti, Jean Mercer, Charly Miller, Linda Rosa, Larry Sarner, Advocates for Children in Therapy, John Does 1-10

Type of Party: 

Individual

Type of Party: 

Individual

Location of Party: 

  • Virginia

Location of Party: 

  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • Colorado
  • Nebraska

Legal Counsel: 

Amy Owen, Kirstin Zech, Sarah Bagley
Description

Virginia Psychologist Ronald S. Federici is suing multiple parties from multiple states (Florida, New Jersey, Nebraska, Colorado) for defamation, conspiracy, and tortious interference. Defendants are authors of blogs, forum comments, and websites that were critical of his writings and practices. Plaintiff has also named John Does 1-10, alleging conspiracy with unidentified anonymous bloggers and others.
Public documents on this case are available via Pacer.

Update:

3/28/11 -  The court granted the defendants' motions to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction.  The court also granted the motion of defendants Pignotti and Mercer to dismiss for failure to state a claim.

5/31/11 - After the claims against the named defendants were dismissed, Federici moved to dismiss without prejudice the claims against the John Doe defendants.

6/1/11 - The court granted Federici's motion to dismiss the remaining claims against the John Does. 

Details

Content Type: 

  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Blog
Forum
Website

Subject Area: 

  • Defamation
  • SLAPP
  • Free Speech
  • Blogs
  • Anonymity
  • User Comments or Submissions
Court Information & Documents

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