Marie Napoli's Defamation Claim Allowed to Proceed

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Carmen Victoria St. George is allowing Marie Napoli’s defamation suit against Paul Napoli’s former law firm partner to proceed. The suit, which was filed against the ex-partner, his attorney and publicist in 2015,  is seeking $160 million in compensatory damages and $340 million in punitive damages.

Ms. Napoli  alleges that the former partner and his team disseminated complaints, “full of malicious, defamatory lies”, to the press which caused emotional distress and threatened potential business.

New York Judge St. George  is also allowing Marie Napoli’s prima facie tort claim, as an alternative claim to continue as well as her breach of fiduciary duty claim against the ex-partner, but not against the other defendants.