By Las Vegas Tribune Staff
Legendary civil rights attorney, T. Matthew Phillips, files suit for defamation (libel) against local divorce attorney, Jennifer Abrams.
The lawsuit seeks damages, punitive damages, and injunctive relief. FAST FACT — “Libel” is the written form of defamation, while “slander” is the spoken form of defamation. A spoken defamation on TV is also “libel.”
Also named as defendants in the lawsuit are The Abrams Law Firm, LLC, along with Abrams’ employees, Dave Schoen and Mark DiCiero, who work for Abrams as paralegals — when they’re not busy shillin’ on Facebook!
The trouble all began at the notorious Facebook page, Nevada Court Watchers (“NCW”), which criticizes anybody who aligns with Steve Sanson, President of Veterans in Politics, Int’l. But T. Matthew Phillips argues that Nevada Court Watchers is really just a “shill” group.
According to the complaint, filed Feb. 7, 2021, Nevada Court Watchers is: “a platform for professional Facebookers — on a payroll, working from a script — pretending to be everyday people, but in reality, on a mission to sway public opinion towards their hidden agenda: i.e., to silence bereaved parents (such as Plaintiff), who speak out against Jennifer V. Abrams and the family court system.”
The complaint alleges that Schoen and DiCiero are principally liable for defamations, that the Abrams Law Firm is vicariously liable for its employee’s defamations, and that Jennifer Abrams is ultimately liable for failure to supervise her employees’ online escapades.
T. Matthew Phillips alleges “libel per se,” for which the law presumes damages. Why? Two reasons: (1) Defendants’ false assertions impugn Plaintiff in his profession (lawyering), and (2), Defendants’ false assertions impute criminality unto Plaintiff.
“Legally speaking, Abrams has no leg to stand on,” explained Phillips. “For example, you can’t just say, ‘Sanson is a rapist’ and expect to not get sued! You might be able to get away with saying, ‘Sanson is an alleged rapist based on such and such facts,’ but if you just straight out say, ‘Sanson is a rapist,’ then, yeah, you invite a defamation
lawsuit because you’re making a declarative statement, which can be proven false.”
Jennifer Abrams was unavailable for comment.