Defamation Plaintiff Need Not Offer Evidence Of Actual Damages, New Jersey Supreme Court Holds

Author:Mr Evan Shenkman and Ryan T. Warden
Profession:Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart
 
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On May 21, 2012, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled, in W.J.A. v. D.A., that a private party alleging defamation need not proffer evidence of actual damages to survive a motion for summary judgment and reach a jury. A-77-10, (N.J. May 21, 2012). The court concluded, however, that in the absence of proof of actual damages, the plaintiff is limited in recovery...

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