Docket Nos. 4-3925-CV(L), 14-4025(XAP), 14-4171(CON).

814 F.3d 116 (2016)

Barbara ERNST, Barbara Supeno, Plaintiffs-Appellees-Counter-Defendants-Cross-Appellants v. John CARRIGAN, Linda Carrigan, Defendants-Appellants-Cross-Appellees, Jeff Kauffman, Barbara Kauffman, Defendants-Appellants-Counter-Claimants-Cross-Appellees, Town of Addison, Defendant.

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

Decided: February 22, 2016.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

David Bond , Law Office of David Bond, PLLC, Burlington, VT, for Plaintiffs-Appellees-Counter-Defendants-Cross-Appellants.

John A. Serafino , Ryan, Smith & Carbine, Ltd., Rutland, VT, for Defendants-Appellants-Cross-Appellees.

Michael J. Tierney (William Ellis, McNeil, Leddy & Sheahan & Sheahan, PC, Burlington, VT; Andrew C. Box , Ellis, Boxer & Blake, PLLC, Springfield, VT, on the brief), Wadleigh, Starr & Peters, PLLC, Manchester, NH, for Defendants-Appellants-Counter-Claimants-Cross-Appellees.

Before: JACOBS, LEVAL, and LYNCH, Circuit Judges.

Feuding over local governance matters in Addison, Vermont led two couples—John and Linda Carrigan (the "Carrigans") and Jeff and Carol Kauffman (the "Kauffmans")—to make allegedly defamatory statements about a third couple, Barbara Ernst and Barbara Supeno. Ms. Ernst and Ms. Supeno sued for defamation...

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