Florida Newspapers Gets Defamation Suit Dismissed Under New Anti-SLAPP Law
Partners Sanford Bohrer and Brian Toth report on the dismissal of the defamation suit, Quercioli v. Miami Herald on Oct. 19. The case involves a series of articles published by The Miami Herald and The Bradenton Herald on abuse by correctional officers on female inmates at Lowell Correctional Institution. After the articles came out, the two former correctional officers sued Julie Brown, the author, The Miami Herald and The Bradenton Herald for libel. Judge Miguel de la O, who presided over the case, determined that the case was unwarranted and without merit. Required by the anti-SLAPP statute, Judge Miguel de la O awarded Brown and the newspapers the attorney's fees that were incurred in defending the action and set forth a procedure to determine the amount of fees to be awarded.