State High Court Dismisses Defamation Suit Against Someplace Safe

The Minnesota Supreme Court has dismissed a defamation claim against an organization that helps victims of domestic violence, saying the group had reason to disbelieve a woman’s claims that she’d been abused. But the justices said an Otter Tail County court must still decide whether the woman’s statements about surviving abuse are a matter of “public concern.” The woman’s ex-husband sued her and Someplace Safe in 2017, alleging his reputation was harmed when his ex-wife spoke about past abuse. The High Court says the man could be entitled to damages if the lower court finds the statements are of “private concern.”

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