Michael Kreidler obtains defense summary judgment in defamation case.

Michael Kreidler obtained summary judgment in a Hibbing-based defamation case involving alleged false statements made by the Chisholm Ambulance Service and several Emergency Medical Technicians, about the conditions in which a vulnerable adult was found during an emergency call. The firm represented the Ambulance Service and the EMTs.  In a 26-page Order issued by St. Louis County District Court Judge Mark Starr on March 7, 2016, the Court found that Plaintiffs failed to meet their burden of proof with regard to the essential elements of defamation, that the defendants were entitled to the immunity conferred by the Minnesota Vulnerable Adults Act, and that dismissal was warranted under the Minnesota law which prohibits strategic lawsuits against public participation (the anti-SLAPP Act). The Court also granted defendants’ request for an award of attorneys fees and costs allowed under the anti-SLAPP Act.