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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MAINE

HEARTS OF HAITI, INC. and                    ] MICHAEL GEILENFELD,                                              ]

]

Plaintiffs                                             ]           Civil No.  2:13-cv-00039-JAW

]

vs.                                                                    ]

] PAUL KENDRICK,                                                 ]

] Defendant   ]

DEFENSES AND ANSWER

DEFENSES

First, plaintiffs are public figures.

Second, statements allegedly made are matters of public concern. Third, absence of malice.

Fourth, truth or lack of falsity. Fifth, conditional privilege. Sixth, interference was justified.

Seventh, plaintiffs may have failed to mitigate their damages.

Eighth, the statements allegedly made constitute constitutionally protected speech

ANSWER

Plaintiffs’ introductory paragraph, to the extent it contains allegations that Defendant defamed the Plaintiffs’ and otherwise engaged in tortious conduct, is hereby denied.

PARTIES

1.         Defendant  admits  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  1  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

2.         Defendant  admits  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  2  of  pla intiffs’ complaint.

3.         Defendant  admits  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  3  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

JURISDICTION

4.        Defendant  denies  the  allegation  that  the  amount  in  controversy  exceeds Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars.  Defendant admits the remaining allegations contained in paragraph 4 of plaintiffs’ complaint.

5.         Defendant  admits  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  5  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

6.         Defendant  admits  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  6  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

FACTUAL ALLEGATIONS

7 through 46.  Defendant has insufficient knowledge upon which to either admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraphs 7 through 46 and therefore denies the same.

47.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  47  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

48.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  48  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

49.      Defendant admits that he sent an email containing the statement quoted in this paragraph.     The  quotation  is  incomplete.     Defendant  denies  the  remaining  allegations contained in this paragraph.

50.      Defendant admits he published the statement to third parties but denies the remaining allegations contained in paragraph 50 of plaintiff s’ complaint.   The statement is incomplete.

51.      Defendant admits that he sent an email containing the statement quoted in this paragraph.     The  quotation  is  incomplete.     Defendant  denies  the  remaining  allegations contained in this paragraph.

52.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  52  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

53.      Defendant  lacks  sufficient  information  to  admit  or  deny  the  allegations contained in this paragraph and therefore denies the same .

 

54.       Defendant admits that paragraph 54 contains an incomplete quotation from a December 16, 2012 email but denies the remaining allegations contained in this paragraph.

55.        Defendant  admits  paragraph  55  contains  an  incomplete  quotation  from  a December 16, 2012 email but denies the remaining allegations co ntained in this paragraph.

56.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  56  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

57.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  57  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

58.      Defendant admits that he sent an email containing the statement quoted in this paragraph.     The  quotation  is  incomplete.     Defendant  denies  the  remaining  allegations contained in this paragraph.

59.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  5 9  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

60.      Defendant admits publishing the statement reproduced in paragraph 60 of the Plaintiffs’ complaint but denies the remaining allegations contained in this paragraph.  The quoted language is incomplete.

61.      Defendant admits that he sent an email containing the statement quoted in this paragraph.     The  quotation  is  incomplete.     Defendant  denies  the  remaining  allegations contained in this paragraph.

62.      Defendant admits making the statement regarding ignoring cries for help from Haitian child abuse victims but denies the remaining allegations contained in paragraph 62 of plaintiffs’ complaint.

63.      Defendant admits that he sent an email containing the statement quoted in this paragraph.     The  quotation  is  incomplete.     Defendant  denies  the  remaining  allegations contained in this paragraph.

64.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  64  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

65.       Defendant denies the allegation contained in paragraph 64 of the Plaintiffs’ complaint.

66.      Defendant admits that he sent an email containing the statement quoted in this paragraph.     The  quotation  is  incomplete.     Defendant  denies  the  remaining  allegations contained in this paragraph.

67.      Defendant admits that he sent an email containing the statement quote d in this paragraph.     The  quotation  is  incomplete.     Defendant  denies  the  remaining  allegations contained in this paragraph.

68.      Defendant admits having published the statement quoted in paragraph 68 of plaintiffs’ complaint but otherwise denies the remaining allegations of this paragraph.  The quoted statement is incomplete.

69.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  6 9  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

70.       Defendant denies the allegations contained in paragraph 70 of the Plaintiffs’ complaint.

71.      Defendant has insufficient knowledge upon which to either admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph 71 and therefore denies the same.

72.       Defendant has insufficient knowledge upon which to either admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph 72 and therefore denies the same.

73.      Defendant admits referring to fundraisers during the referenced radio broadcast but denies the remaining allegations contained in paragraphs 73 of plaintiffs’ complaint.

74.        Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  74  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

75.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  75  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

76.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  76  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

77.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  77  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

78.      Defendant admits writing the quoted language contained in paragraph 78 of plaintiffs’ complaint but otherwise denies the remaining allegations o f this paragraph.   The quotation is incomplete.

79.      Defendant has insufficient knowledge upon which to either admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph 79 and therefore denies the same.

80.      Defendant has insufficient knowledge upon which to either admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph 80 and therefore denies the same.

81.       Defendant has insufficient knowledge upon which to either admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph 81 and therefore denies the same.

82.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  82  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

83.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  83  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

84.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  84  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

85.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  85  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

86.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  86  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

87.       Defendant has insufficient knowledge upon which to either admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph 87 and therefore denies the same.

88.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  88  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

COUNT I

89.       Defendant  repeats  and  realleges  his  responses  to  paragraphs  1  through  88, above, as though set forth in full herein.

90.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  90  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

91.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  91  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

92.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  92  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

93.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  93  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

94.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  parag raph  94  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

95.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  95  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

96.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  96  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

WHEREFORE, defendant prays that Count I of plaintiffs’ complaint be dismissed and for their costs.

COUNT II

97.       Defendant  repeats  and  realleges  his  responses  to  paragraphs  1  through  9 6, above, as though set forth in full herein.

98.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  98  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

99.       Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  99  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

100.     Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  100  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

WHEREFORE, defendant prays that Count II of plaintiffs’ complaint be dismissed and for their costs.

COUNT III

101.     Defendant repeats and realleges his responses to paragraphs 1 through 10 0, above, as though set forth in full herein.

102.     Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  102  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

103.     Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  103  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

104.     Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  104  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

105.     Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  105  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

WHEREFORE, defendant prays that Count III of plaintiffs’ complaint be dismissed and for their costs.

COUNT IV

106.     Defendant repeats and realleges his responses to p aragraphs 1 through 105, above, as though set forth in full herein.

107.     Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  107  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

108.     Defendant  denies  the  allegations  contained  in  paragraph  108  of  plaintiffs’ complaint.

WHEREFORE, defendant prays that Count IV of plaintiff’s complaint be dismissed and for their costs.

Dated at Bangor, Maine this 8th day of March, 2013.

 

/s/ David C. King

_____________________________ David C. King, Esq.

Rudman Winchell
Attorneys for Defendant
84 Harlow Street – P.O. Box 1401
Bangor, ME  04402-1401
Tel:  (207) 947-4501

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

 

I hereby certify that on March 8, 2013, I electronically filed Defenses and Answer with the clerk of Court using the CM/ECF system which will send notification of such filing(s) to the registered participates for this case.

/s/ David C. King

_________________________________ David C. King, Esq.

Rudman Winchell
Attorneys for Defendant
84 Harlow Street – P.O. Box 1401
Bangor, ME  04402-1401
Tel:  (207) 947-4501

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