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Insurance – No Defamation Defense Under Renter’s Policy (access required)

Francis v. Allstate Insurance Co. Although a parent defending a defamation suit says her only intention in accusing an aide at the Maryland School for the Deaf of sexually abusing her son was to protect the child, the accusation nevertheless was an intentional act, and not an “occurrence” under her renter’s insurance policy that would trigger Allstate’s duty to defend; applying California law to the coverage issue, the 4th Circuit upholds judgment for Allstate.

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Civil Practice – Personal Jurisdiction – Tort/Negligence – Defamation – Internet Postings – Intellectual Property (access required)

Gibson v. Social Knowledge, LLC People from other states – who allegedly posted defamatory statements about the N.C. plaintiff on internet forums – are not subject to this court’s jurisdiction. The court grants defendants’ motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction.

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Tort/Negligence – Defamation – Tortious Interference with Contract – Physician – Hospital Privileges – Administrative Remedies (access required)

Philips v. Pitt County Memorial Hospital Inc. The statutes of limitations that apply to the plaintiff-doctor’s tort claims against the defendant-hospital and his fellow physicians were not tolled by administrative proceedings within the hospital because, in his tort action, plaintiff seeks monetary damages, which were not available in the hospital’s administrative proceedings.

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