DeMoura|Smith's Successful Dismissal of Facebook Defamation Case Recognized As One of 2015's Most Important Decisions

Boston, MA - July 13, 2015

A March 2015 dismissal of a Facebook defamation case obtained by DeMoura|Smith for eight of its clients is one of the most important Massachusetts court decisions thus far in 2015, according to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

DeMoura|Smith successfully obtained the dismissal for eight defendants in a Massachusetts Superior Court Facebook defamation case brought by the animal rescue organization, Let's Adopt! Global, Inc. In the lawsuit, LAG named over thirty defendants and cited Facebook posts and internet radio broadcasts as the basis for its claims. Some posts encouraged readers to contact the Massachusetts Attorney General's office about LAG. Some of the defendants had written to the Massachusetts Attorney General about LAG. None of the posts or broadcasts originated in Massachusetts. All of the defendants were from other states and countries.

After almost two years of jurisdictional discovery and evidentiary hearings on the motions to dismiss, the Superior Court found that appearing in Massachusetts to defend the lawsuit would be overly burdensome to these defendants and the Massachusetts' social policy of protecting petitioning activity outweighed LAG's choice of courts and the state's interest in adjudicating the case. The Judge concluded that the exercise of personal jurisdiction over these defendants would "offend traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice." Ken DeMoura from DeMoura|Smith represented the defendants and obtained the dismissal. Follow this link for a copy of the decision in Let's Adopt! Global, Inc. v. Macey et al.

In January, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly recognized the Firm's successful appeal in Keane v Waggoner as one of 2014's Most Important Decisions.

Posted on Jul | 2015
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