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Green Acres Trust v. London
Arizona Supreme Court
141 Ariz. 609, 688 P.2d 617 (1984)
Michael Valder, Harry Craig, David Rich, and Douglas Martin (the lawyers) (defendants) represented the class members in an action brought against Green Acres Trust and Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Inc. (collectively, Green Acres) (plaintiffs). May London, Arthur Yoder, and Cecil Yoder (the class members) (defendants) were representative members of the class. Before the class action was filed, the lawyers met with a local reporter and shared with the reporter a copy of the complaint about to be filed. The reporter wrote a story containing negative information about Green Acres obtained from the complaint and conversations with the lawyers. Green Acres brought a defamation action against the lawyers and the class members. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the lawyers, finding that the defamatory communications were protected by the litigation privilege. The court of appeals affirmed. Green Acres appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Holohan, J.)
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