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Rose v. Hollinger Int'l, Inc., 1-06-2885

Dismissal of plaintiff's claim of per se defamation against defendants for allegedly defamatory statements made in an e-mail sent to a newspaper's employees is affirmed where: 1) the reference to damage "to our finances" doe snot have a precise core of meaning for which a consensus of understanding exists; 2) the statement referring to finances is too broad, conclusory, and vague to be objectively verifiable; and 3) the defamatory statement's social or literary context does not make it a factual assertion.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 05/19/2008
  • Published 06/06/2008

Judges

  • Justice WOLFSON delivered the opinion of the court:

Court

  • Appellate Court of Illinois

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Martin B. Carroll, Fox, Hefter, Swibel, Levin & Carroll, LLP, Chicago, for Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Steven L. Hamann, James V. Garvey, and Frederic T. Knape, Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz, P.C., Chicago, for Appellees.