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Date: 01-25-2023

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Carolyn Anderson v. R. Snowden Smith, et al.

Case Number: 3:19-cv-00222

Judge: Harvey E. Schlesinger

Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Duval County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Mandi B. Clay and Suzette Moore

Defendant's Attorney: Carlos M. Llorente and Joseph T. Kissane

Description: Jacksonville, Florida civil litigation lawyers represented Plaintiff, who sued Defendants on libel and slander theories.

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The case was filed in the Circuit Court, St. John County, Florida, case no. CA18-1560, and was removed to federal court by the Defendants.

Libel generally refers to written defamation, while slander refers to oral defamation, though much spoken speech that has a written transcript also falls under the rubric of libel. The First Amendment rights of free speech and free press often clash with the interests served by defamation law.

The only defense to libel and/or slander claims is truth.

Outcome: 01/25/2023 203  Minute Entry. In Person Proceedings held before Senior Judge Harvey E. Schlesinger: STATUS CONFERENCE held on 1/25/2023. Court Reporter: Katharine Healey (TPL) (Entered: 01/25/2023)
01/25/2023 204  ORDER dismissing this action with prejudice as to all claims made in this case, with each side to bear its own costs and fees; withdrawing 186 Motion for Sanctions; finding as moot 199 Motion to Withdraw as Attorney; directions to the Clerk. Signed by Senior Judge Harvey E. Schlesinger on 1/25/2023. (TPL) (Entered: 01/25/2023)

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