JOHN R. ALBRIGHT, Plaintiff,
ANNA M. HARRIS, Defendant.
Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment. Granted.
R. Albright, Pro Se Plaintiff.
S. Green, Sr., Esq. and Jared T. Green, Esq., Attorney for
Richard F. Stokes, Judge.
the Court is Defendant Anna Harris's
("Defendant") Motion for Summary Judgment. For the
reasons that follow, Defendant's Motion for Summary
Judgment is GRANTED.
FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
underlying facts in this case are few and undisputed. John
Albright ("Plaintiff) was named as the executor of
Defendant's brother's, James Harris, Jr., estate.
Defendant made multiple filings in the Court of Chancery
related to the administration of her brother's estate.
These filings include the Exceptions to Inventory, filed on
November 18, 2016, and an Amendment to the Exceptions to
Inventory, filed on November 21, 2016. In those filings,
Defendant accused Plaintiff of abusing and stealing from her
November, 2018, Plaintiff filed a one count complaint against
Defendant for defamation, accusing Defendant of knowingly
making false accusations against Plaintiff.Plaintiff claims
that Defendant's statements have caused damage to
Plaintiffs name and character. The basis for the complaint are
the filings made in the Court of Chancery.
has filed a Motion for Summary Judgment, claiming that
Plaintiff has not suffered reputational harm and
Defendant's statements are protected by absolute
privilege. Plaintiff has not filed a response to
Defendant's motion. This Court will decide the motion on
the pleading filed.
STANDARD OF REVIEW
Superior Court Civil Rule 56(c), a party is entitled to
summary judgment if the moving party can show that there is
no genuine issue as to any material fact and that the moving
party is entitled to a judgment as a matter of
The party moving for summary judgment bears the initial
burden of showing no material issues of fact are
present. When a moving party meets her initial
burden of showing ...