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Apr. 2016

David Rich quoted in MLW article on unusual defamation case

David H. Rich is quoted in a Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article detailing a defamation case in Massachusetts state court involving a Maine Probate Court judge and author of a self-published book on the judge.

In the article, Mr. Rich, who has obtained $2-million-plus verdicts in two defamation cases, explains the nuances of defamation cases generally and how they might apply to the reported case in which the Maine judge is suing the book author.

“Any legitimate chance of receiving meaningful damages will require [the plaintiff judge] to demonstrate, either directly or by inference, that individuals had read the book, had received the book, were made aware of the existence of the material in the book, and the perception of the plaintiff was impacted as a result of the alleged defamatory conduct, as distinguished from the book generally,” Mr. Rich told the publication.

Mr. Rich, a partner at the firm, focuses his trial practice in part on defamation and media law.

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