Fla. High Court Puts Curbs On Absolute Privilege

Law360, Miami (February 14, 2013, 9:22 PM EST) -- The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the state's absolute privilege does not extend to allegedly defamatory statements made by an attorney during out-of-court questioning of potential witnesses in a pending lawsuit.

The high court said the state's Fourth District Court of Appeal had misapplied the “long-established precedent regarding the proper scope of Florida's absolute privilege” when it affirmed the dismissal of a suit against an attorney who had made allegedly defamatory statements during an informal investigation for a client.

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