Port Authority Boss Beats Defamation Suit Over Threat Claim

Law360 (August 12, 2019, 7:56 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey politician failed to establish that the current head of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey defamed him three years ago when he told reporters the official once threatened his life, a state judge has held.

Judge Thomas M. Moore on Friday granted Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole’s summary judgment bid, determining that Paul DiGaetano did not submit sufficient evidence to demonstrate that before O’Toole was appointed to his post, he defamed DiGaetano in 2016 by telling two reporters that DiGaetano allegedly said “I’m going to fucking kill you” during a closed-door meeting in 2005, according...

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