NJ Atty Accused Of Bad Billing Can't Revive Defamation Suit

Law360, New York (January 2, 2013, 4:11 PM EST) -- A New Jersey appellate court has ruled against an attorney who accused a client's business associate of defamation over fraudulent billing allegations, agreeing that the purported statements were protected by the "common interest" privilege.

The court rejected the arguments of Sarmasti PLLC principal Vafa Sarmasti that the privilege — under which private parties can make potentially defamatory statements to a limited audience with common concerns — didn't apply or that defendant Joshua Emanuel abused it by maliciously claiming that Sarmasti billed Dr. Khash Vosough's business interests...
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