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http://nycourts.law.com/CourtDocumentViewer.asp?view=Document&docID=46939 Judge Scarpulla PLAINTIFF LAWYER and the co-defendant, directors of a Mitchell-Lama housing cooperative, held opposing views regarding a study on the effects of the co-op’s privatization. The co-defendant opposed privatization. A letter by defendant, a 90-year-old fellow shareholder, concerned a police complaint against plaintiff. Plaintiff argued that he was libeled in the letter and by its distribution among the co-op’s directors by the co-defendant. The court granted defendants’ summary dismissal motion, finding that defendant’s letter did not constitute libel per se because it neither damaged plaintiff’s professional reputation nor charged him with committing a crime. However, it dismissed defendants’ counterclaim that plaintiff’s action constituted a strategic lawsuit against public participation. It found that the allegedly defamatory speech did not materially relate to the co-op’s privatization or involve a government agency or affect the defendants’ rights of public petition and participation before a public agency.

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