Matusevitch v. Telnikoff
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
877 F. Supp 1 (1995), aff'd, 159 F.3d 636 (1998)
In the 1980s, Vladimir Matusevitch (plaintiff) and Vladimir Telnikoff (defendant) lived in the former Soviet Union. Telnikoff was a journalist for the British Broadcasting Corp (BBC) who published a newspaper article criticizing the Russian-based BBC. Matusevitch, an American citizen of Jewish descent, published a letter in the same newspaper that Telnikoff’s article had appeared in, criticizing Telnikoff as a racist, anti-Semitic hate monger. Telnikoff filed a libel action against Matusevitch in English court and won a large jury verdict. Telnikoff wished to enforce the judgment in the United States. Thereafter, Matusevitch filed a suit against Telnikoff in the District of Maryland, and the action was transferred to the District of Columbia. Matusevitch sought a declaration that the English libel judgment was contrary to public policy and could not be recognized under the Uniform Foreign Money Judgments Recognition Act.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Urbina, J.)
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