Appeals Court Agrees Former Judge's Slander Suit Was Sham

Law360, New York (November 4, 2015, 6:00 PM EST) -- A Florida appellate court on Wednesday refused to revive a former judge’s defamation suit against her co-counsel in a class action against Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. over statements about how she handled a $14.5 million settlement, finding a lower court properly concluded the suit was a sham.

In a per curiam opinion, the appellate court rejected, without discussion, former county judge Laura M. Watson’s argument that the lower court erred when in 2014 it granted a motion to strike her complaint against her former co-counsel in the insurance action, firms Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain PA and Todd S. Stewart...

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