Middleton v. The Hollywood Reporter, LLC

Obtained dismissal of a Hollywood producer’s defamation suit regarding The Hollywood Reporter’s article about the plaintiff’s public feud with a former colleague.

The Southern District of Florida court found that the plaintiff’s suit was precluded under Florida’s borrowing statute. Specifically, because the at-issue defamation claim arose in California (where the relationship between the two producers was centered), Florida law required that California’s one-year statute of limitations must apply (rather than Florida’s two-year statute), rendering the complaint time-barred.

Middleton v. The Hollywood Reporter, LLC, et al., Case No. 22-21951-CIV-Martinez