A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a defamation suit against McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, finding the Morristown, N.J., firm was protected by the litigation privilege when it posted the plaintiff’s FBI rap sheet on a federal court website.
U.S. District Judge Joel Pisano, rejecting plaintiff Vincent Roggio’s contention that the rap sheet was subject to a sealing order, further found Roggio fraudulently joined the firm and one of its lawyers as defendants in the suit in hopes of defeating diversity jurisdiction.
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