Defamation Suit Against Cold Stone Revived By Fla. Court

Law360, New York (March 1, 2017, 8:05 PM EST) -- A former Cold Stone Creamery Inc. franchisee’s defamation suit against the ice cream company for disparaging comments allegedly made after he appeared in a CNBC documentary was revived on Wednesday after a Florida appellate court found that those statements weren’t protected.

After Cecil Rolle appeared in a CNBC documentary about franchising in 2010, an attorney for Cold Stone sent the news organization’s attorney a letter containing a number of supposedly defamatory statements regarding Rolle’s management of the chain store.

Rolle filed a defamation lawsuit against Cold...
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