Reed Smith Nears KO In Promoter's $10M Defamation Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (December 18, 2014, 6:38 PM EST) -- A California judge on Thursday delivered an uppercut to a boxing promoter's $10 million suit alleging a Reed Smith LLP partner made defamatory statements about him, tentatively ruling the statements are covered by California laws protecting speech connected to litigation.

Promoter Dan Goossen, who died of liver cancer in October, had alleged that Reed Smith partner James McCarroll made false and malicious statements while representing boxer Andre Ward, who is suing Goossen for exploitation. Ward is also a defendant in Goossen's suit, as is the firm.

On Thursday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff held a hearing on the...

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