NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT
March 12, 2009
MAPLEWOOD EQUITY PARTNERS, L.P., ET AL., PLAINTIFFS-APPELLANTS,
CASITA, L.P., ET AL., DEFENDANTS-RESPONDENTS.
Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Helen E. Freedman, J.), entered January 2, 2008, which granted defendants' motion to dismiss the complaint, unanimously affirmed, with costs.
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Andrias, J.P., Saxe, Acosta, Renwick, JJ.
This action, filed approximately 20 months after the publication of the allegedly defamatory statements, is barred by the one-year statute of limitations (CPLR 215), and there was no basis for tolling the statute (see Shared Communications Servs. of ESR, Inc. v Goldman, Sachs & Co., 38 AD3d 325 ). In any event, these statements were either privileged under Civil Rights Law § 74 (see Freeze Right Refrig. & A.C. Servs. v City of New York, 101 AD2d 175 ), subject to a qualified privilege (see Foster v Churchill, 87 NY2d 744, 751 ), protected as pure opinion (see Milkovich v Lorain Journal Co., 497 US 1, 17-21 ), or not pleaded with sufficient particularity (see Murganti v Weber, 248 AD2d 208 ).
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.
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