A state appeals court on Tuesday shut down Paul Napoli’s bid to pursue defamation and defamation per se counterclaims against Denise Rubin, a former employee who is pursuing a $1 million sex discrimination lawsuit against the ex-firm and Napoli himself.

The Appellate Division, First Department, said in a terse decision that Napoli “fails to state with particularity the allegedly defamatory statements, and therefore his fourth and fifth counterclaims are defective as a matter of law.”

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