Victor Cretella Successful in Defamation Suit Over Statements Posted Online
Victor Cretella, a Maryland lawyer, sued David Kuzminski, editor of “Preditors and Editors” for defamation. The statements that Cretella sued over were postings Kuzminski made at the Absolute Write forum. The statements stated that Cretella was engaged in extortion, a crime, and that he had engaged in conduct that could be sanctioned by a disciplinary committee, thereby endangering his professional reputation. The court in an earlier ruling found that the statements, if uttered as alleged by Cretella, constituted defamation unless Kuzminski could prove that they were true.
A jury trial was held and appeared only to be a two day trial resulting in a verdict for Cretella. The judgment had not been entered at the time of the writing of the blog post, but an order allowing Kuzminski additional time to file post trial motions was filed. The order noted that an adverse judgment had been rendered against the Defendant.