A Brooklyn man called a liarand “a robber” in a letter published by a Yiddish newspaper can pursuea previously dismissed libel claim against the publication, the authorsand their religious congregation, the Appellate Division, Second Department,has ruled.
The statements made aboutappellant Nachman Brach, who was embroiled in a violent and bitter propertydispute with Congregation Yetev Lev D’Satmar, an Hasidic group, constitute”mixed opinion,” which is actionable, rather than “pure opinion,” whichis not, said the appellate panel in Brach v. Congregation Yetev LevD’Satmar, Inc., No. 99-02517.
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