TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Oct 26, 2015

The Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a defamation suit filed by former state GOP Executive Director Mark Winslow against U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., and his campaign manager, John "Chip" Saltsman, The Times Free Press reports. Winslow claimed in the lawsuit filed in 2011 that he had been defamed by Fleischmann’s campaign ads and Saltsman’s public comments. “[The case was dismissed] because Mr. Fleischman and Mr. Saltsman demonstrated that the undisputed facts negate the element of actual malice which is essential to the defamation and false light claims,” Appellate Judge Richard H. Dinkins wrote in the opinion issued on Oct. 22