Tuesday, May 12, 2009

NC AG Roy Cooper Faces Lawsuit

This story will surely be making more headlines soon as Roy Cooper faces a defamation lawsuit from a former campaign even as he contemplates a run for U.S. Senate.
Lawsuit against AG advances
By Jay Price
News & Observer
May 9, 2009

More than eight years after it was filed, a defamation suit against Attorney General Roy Cooper may be about to go to trial.

A Superior Court judge Friday denied a motion by Cooper's attorney to dismiss the suit. It was filed against Cooper and some of his campaign staff by Raleigh lawyer Dan Boyce, who was Cooper's opponent in the 2000 election for attorney general, and members of Boyce's family law firm.

Boyce, his father, Gene Boyce; his sister Laura Boyce Isley; and her husband, Philip Isley, said that Cooper's campaign had defamed them and damaged their business by running a television ad that claimed Boyce and his law firm had charged the state exorbitant fees in a lawsuit. ...

Judge W. Osmond Smith III's decision clears the way for a May 18 trial date.

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