Pretzel & Stouffer

Defamation Defense Successful for Governmental Union Representative

Brendan Nelligan and Matthew Egan successfully defended an organizer employed by the Illinois Federation of Police Labor Council, a labor union for local governmental law enforcement employees, against a claim for defamation brought by a local municipality, its mayor and trustees. The claim was filed against him for statements he made during collective bargaining negotiations that were critical of the municipality’s plan to terminate the jobs of several union members and to hire an outside company to perform their job duties.

Brendan and Matt responded to the plaintiffs’ complaint by filing a motion to dismiss the case on several different legal grounds. On November 4, 2015, the judge granted the motion to dismiss with prejudice, thereby terminating the case with finality in our client’s favor. This is the most recent instance in which they have successfully defended clients in defamation cases.

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