Bailey Obtains Dismissal of Appealed Defamation Claim


Dennis Bailey obtained a dismissal of an appealed defamation claim.  A Ugandan missionary sued The Alabama Baptist Newspaper in Jefferson County claiming an article concerning his operations in Africa was defamatory. The circuit court granted summary judgment that the article was not capable of a defamatory meaning nor written with actual malice toward the missionary. The missionary filed post-judgment motions and then appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court.  The appeal was dismissed October 28, 2017, due to the expiration of the time to appeal established in Ala. R. Civ. Pro. 59.1.  Evans Bailey and Jessica Trotman participated in the briefing process.