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The AWWC staff spoke back quickly and furiously to Cretella's stream within the curiosity of PublishAmerica. in keeping with court docket filings, on February sixteen, David L. Kuzminski published a comment pointing out that “it’s time to document Vic Cretella to the Maryland Bar organization for tried extortion” and that Cretella's legislations enterprise, Gordon and Simmons, “might now not wish the blackeye [that] he’s giving them.” Kuzminski likewise published a replica of a message that he supposedly despatched to Gordon and Simmons, and also a few elements of the Maryland country Bar organization, declaring that “Cretella appears to be like all in favour of what i'd signify as extortion” and that Cretella is “actively . . . furthering [PublishAmerica’s] unethical[,] if now not illegal[,] methods.” Kuzminski additional that he “fully intend[ed] to record [Cretella] to the Maryland country Bar Association.” Kuzminski's feedback have been stated in a few resulting posts on AWWC, the better a part of which extolled his response.
On February thirteen, 2008, Cretella sued Kuzminski for defamation in federal courtroom in Virginia, announcing that Kuzminski's fees have been fake and defamatory. Kuzminski answered with a movement to brush aside, mentioning that his articulations have been simply supposition or just opinion.
The courtroom brushed off of the seven counts within the criticism, at the foundation that the proclamations were not actionable. at least, the courtroom denied the movement as to the opposite 5 counts, protecting that Kuzminki's different asserted statements – the accusations of extortion and unethical behavior, embarrassment by way of Cretella’s former legislations company, that Cretella took motion opposed to one other writer – all have been proclamations that will be indicated to be fake. The courtroom held that "many courts have looked accusations of illegal job as statements of fact."
The subject went to the jury. On 2/4/2009, the jury back a verdict for Cretella within the quantity of $236,000.
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