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Defamation claim against woman granted personal protective order is dismissed

Donald Rhoads brought suit against his former Baker College instructor and the college, alleging that she defamed him by the claims she made in a PPO request.  Rhoads also alleged that she inappropriately relied upon his college records in filling out her request.  Parenthetically, the PPO request was apparently granted by Genessee County Court authorities.  Rhoads' defamation suit was dismissed, as the Court of Appeals held that the instructor's PPO pleadings were immune from legal action.  The proper venue for responding to allegedly false pleadings is prove them false in the extant legal action and then seek sanctions from the Court, as provided under the Court Rules.  Court pleadings cannot be the basis for an independent claim of libel or defamation.

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