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Aug. 2016

David Rich, Suzanne Elovecky Obtain Injunction in Defamation Case

David H. Rich and Suzanne Elovecky persuaded a federal judge to bar defendants in a defamation case from repeating false facts in the future.

The ruling comes on the heels of the $3.5 million defamation jury verdict Mr. Rich and Ms. Elovecky obtained on behalf of their client, Saudi Arabian scientist Hayat Sindi, who sued Samia El-Moslimany and her mother arising from numerous publications accusing Dr. Sindi of fabricating and exaggerating her academic credentials.

U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani determined that enjoining the defendants from making defamatory statements in the future does not violate their constitutional free speech rights, and will protect Dr. Sindi from future harm.

"Because there 'is no constitutional value in false statements of fact,' the public interest will not be harmed by this injunction, narrowly drawn to prohibit Samia El-Moslimany and Ann El-Moslimany from making only false statements of facts," wrote Judge Talwani in her permanent injunction order.