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Psychiatrist's Evaluation Of Doc Protected, NY Court Rules

Law360 (February 12, 2018, 9:09 PM EST) -- A New York appellate court on Friday tossed a defamation suit brought by a physician who alleged that a psychiatrist’s evaluation of him following a patient’s death damaged his reputation with his employer, saying the report was privileged under the “common interest” doctrine.

A five-judge Fourth Judicial Department panel unanimously reversed a denial of summary judgment to Dr. Ralph Benedict in a suit brought by Dr. Sadashiv Shenoy accusing the psychiatrist of defamation and tortious interference with economic relations in connection to a neuropsychological competence assessment performed by Benedict after one of Shenoy’s patients died in surgery. The suit claims Benedict’s...

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