State Farm Can't Get Defamation Suit Shut Down

Law360, New York (July 12, 2012, 9:20 PM ET) -- A federal judge ruled Thursday that a Pennsylvania doctor’s allegations that State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Inc. defamed him in order to sink his business can move forward, but dismissed the doctor’s claims of racketeering and invasion of privacy.

Peter Schatzberg claims State Farm sought to eliminate his medical practice Philadelphia Pain Management Inc. by falsely accusing him of committing fraud, poisoning his name in the community and conspiring to pay less than was owed in reimbursements for patients insured by State Farm. Schatzberg alleged these...
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