June 1, 2021

DSB was successful in obtaining summary judgment on a defamation claim brought in Supreme Court, Suffolk County, against a school district arising out of the district’s internal investigation into a verbal altercation between a board of education member and an assistant football coach.  The trial court agreed with the district’s arguments that the complaint failed to adequately allege defamation, and there is no cognizable claim for negligent investigation.  The complaint against the school district was dismissed in its entirety.