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Tag Archives: Judge Everett A. Martin Jr.

Mechanic’s lien without suit is not abuse of process (access required)

The filing of a mechanic’s lien, without an accompanying enforcement action, does not give rise to a claim for abuse of process because no judicial authority is involved. Defendants’ demurrer to this claim is sustained. Overview The “narrow issue” in ...

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Comments about lawyer’s advice lacked defamatory sting (access required)

Defendant’s statements to the press about plaintiff’s legal advice to the Portsmouth City Council lacked the necessary sting to support his defamation suit. Background Plaintiff is Portsmouth’s former city attorney. Defendant is the former mayor. Plaintiff’s complaint alleges that after ...

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Liability for arbitration attorney’s fee clarified (access required)

Where an arbitrator awarded petitioner an attorney’s fee as a sanction for respondent’s failure to comply with discovery, respondent’s substitute counsel is liable for the sanction. Background The action before the court is a review of an arbitrator’s order requiring ...

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Bar not liable for patron’s injuries outside the building (access required)

Where plaintiff’s decedent was ejected from defendant bar and beaten outside of the building, the bar is not liable for the injuries. Background According to the allegations in plaintiff’s complaint, plaintiff’s decedent was a patron of a bar called The ...

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Oyer motion denied for criminal matter documents (access required)

Where plaintiff has sued defendant, his ex-wife, for malicious prosecution arising from five criminal warrants she swore out against him for trespass, and for a protective order issued against him, her demurrer is sustained. Plaintiff bases his complaint on defendant’s ...

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