Zisa v. Labrosse

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Lawsuit

Date: 

02/24/2009

Status: 

Pending

Location: 

New Jersey

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

N/A
New Jersey police Chief Charles "Ken" Zisahas filed suit against an elementary school teacher in New Jersey state court, asserting that she made defamatory comments about him on a NJ.com, a local news website and forum.  According to news ... read full description
Parties

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Deborah Labrosse

Type of Party: 

Individual

Type of Party: 

Individual

Location of Party: 

  • New Jersey

Location of Party: 

  • New Jersey

Legal Counsel: 

Ted Takvorian
Description

New Jersey police Chief Charles "Ken" Zisahas filed suit against an elementary school teacher in New Jersey state court, asserting that she made defamatory comments about him on a NJ.com, a local news website and forum.  According to news reports, the suit claims Deborah Labrosse stated that Zisa runs his police department by "Gestapo rules" and that she made other comments allegedly intended to damage Zisa's reputation. Labrosse has told the press that she thinks Zisa filed the suit to intimidate her and stifle her criticism.

Labrosse filed a counterclaim against Zisa, asserting that he violated her First Amendment right to free speech and tampered with her forum posts, according to news reports. In her counterclaim, Labrosse also asserts Zisa subjected her to improper surveillance. 

According to news reports, Labrosse filed motions for dismissal and summary judgment on April 17, 2009, but the judge said he lacked enough information to grant the motions so early on in the litigation. 

Details

Content Type: 

  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Forum

Subject Area: 

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

Jurisdiction: 

  • New Jersey

Source of Law: 

  • New Jersey

Court Name: 

Superior Court, Bergen County

Court Type: 

State

Case Number: 

L-001824-09
CMLP Information (Private)

Priority: 

1-High

CMLP Notes: 

Source: NorthJersey.com

CMF - 6/5/09