In this litigation, plaintiff Phaedra Parks sued our client, Angela Stanton, alleging that Stanton’s memoir, Lies of a Real Housewife, was defamatory. Stanton filed counterclaims for tortious interference with contract and bad faith litigation, alleging that Parks’ lawsuit was frivolous and was designed to shut down the publication of truthful information. Parks filed motions to dismiss the counterclaims, and for summary judgment as to the counterclaims. In the orders below, the court denies Parks’ motions.
A hearing is set on Stanton’s motion for summary judgment as to Parks’ original lawsuit on April 20, 2015 in the Gwinnett County State Court.
What all of that means is this, the Judge on this case, Carla E. Brown, who works at a glacial pace rivaled only by Judge Sherry Stephens of Maricopa County, has finally ruled on some motions from about a year ago. Back when Phaedra refused to sit for a deposition as the plaintiff her own dame case, Radford pointed out that the plaintiff kind of has to say what they think is untrue in the book they are claiming is defamatory. She also has to be open to deposition by opposing counsel. Phaedra has been screwing around with this case for YEARS. I seem to recall hearing it was the oldest one on her docket some time ago. So Radford filed to have the case thrown out and for a summary judgment. Then Phaedra’s attorney filed for the same thing. She asked the judge to throw out Stanton’s countersuit and when that didn’t work she asked for a summary judgment. That was also denied.
What the judge did agree to is to hear Angela’s case for a judgment in her favor on April 20th. (Also the day that pot heads celebrate Hitler’s birthday or something.) She could have just ruled against Angela the way she did Phaedra, but Angela is getting a hearing which means it is likely that Angela will finally get a favorable ruling next month.
Finally. God willing and the creek don’t rise.
If you missed any of my posts on this, I highly recommend them. I love reading a depo and hearing the plaintiff called a “head doctor.” Check them out here.