Mandell Menkes lawyers win summary judgment in newspaper defamation suit

Mandell Menkes lawyers prevailed on cross-motions for summary judgment in a defamation suit on behalf of a north suburban Chicago newspaper. The matter involved the newspaper’s publication of an advertisement for an imported household appliance popular in the Chicago Korean and Korean-American community. The advertisement, placed by a local business authorized to sell the appliance, warned potential consumers against purchasing the appliance from unauthorized retailers. The plaintiff, an unauthorized retailer specifically referenced in the advertisement, sued the newspaper for defamation and violation of the Uniform Deceptive Trade practices Act. On cross-motions for summary judgment, the court found for the newspaper, holding that the advertisement language was not defamatory as a matter of law. In addition, the court found that the plaintiff could not establish the falsity of the advertisement and that the newspaper submitted evidence sufficient to demonstrate that the advertisement was substantially true. Mandell Menkes associate Natalie Harris drafted the summary judgment briefs and argued the motion with the assistance of partner Steve Mandell.