Adams v. Peck

288 Md. 1, 415 A.2d 292 (1980)

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Adams v. Peck

Maryland Court of Appeals
288 Md. 1, 415 A.2d 292 (1980)

Facts

Peter Adams (plaintiff) was divorced from his ex-wife, and in the divorce decree, he was granted visitation rights with his two minor children. Later, Adams’s ex-wife raised questions about whether the children should continue to see Adams, and her attorney referred her and the children to a psychologist. The psychologist, Alan Peck (defendant), wrote a report for the ex-wife’s attorney stating that Adams had abused one of the children and was unwell and in need of psychiatric treatment. Peck stated that Adams’s visitation rights should be entirely revoked. Adams’s ex-wife filed a petition to modify the visitation rights. Adams then sued Peck for defamation. Peck moved for summary judgment on the grounds that the report was absolutely privileged because it had been made in connection with litigation. The trial court granted summary judgment to Peck, and Adams appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Davidson, J.)

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