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Williams v. Robinson

United States District Court for the District of Columbia
1 F.R.D. 211 (1940)


Facts

In a prior lawsuit between Robinson (defendant) and his wife, Robinson stated in a counterclaim that Williams (plaintiff) committed adultery with his wife. In his answer to Robinson’s counterclaim, Williams denied the acts of adultery. Williams subsequently brought this suit against Robinson for libel and slander, alleging in his complaint that in the previous lawsuit Robinson had falsely and maliciously stated that he was guilty of adultery with Robinson’s wife. Robinson moved to dismiss the complaint because Williams failed to counterclaim in the prior lawsuit.

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