A-85 September Term 2009.

15 A.3d 300 (2011)

205 N.J. 275

G.D., Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Bernard KENNY and the Hudson County Democratic Organization, Inc., Defendants-Respondents. G.D., Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Craig Guy; Harold E. Demellier, Jr., a/k/a Bud Demellier; Raul Garcia, a/k/a Rudy Garcia; Nicole Harrison-Garcia, Defendants-Respondents, and Neighborhood Research Corp., d/b/a Mountaintop Media; Richard K. Shaftan, a/k/a Rick Shaftan; CareyAnn Shaftan, Defendants-Respondents.

Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Decided January 31, 2011.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Charles R. Cohen , Saddle Brook, argued the cause for appellant (Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf, attorneys).

William W. Northgrave , Newark, argued the cause for respondents Bernard Kenny, The Hudson County Democratic Organization, Inc., Craig Guy, Harold E. Demellier, Jr., a/k/a Bud Demellier, Raul Garcia, a/k/a Rudy Garcia, and Nicole Harrison-Garcia (McManimon & Scotland, attorneys; Mr. Northgrave and Jaime R. Placek , Fort Lee, on the briefs).

Grayson Barber argued the cause for amicus curiae Electronic Privacy Information Center ( Ms. Barber , attorney; Ms. Barber and Marc Rotenberg , a member of the Massachusetts bar, on the brief).

Bruce S. Rosen argued the cause for amicus curiae North Jersey Media Group Inc. (McCusker, Anselmi, Rosen & Carvelli, attorneys; Jennifer A. Borg , Hackensack, of counsel; Mr. Rosen and Kathleen A. Hirce , Florham Park, on the brief).

Thomas J. Cafferty argued the cause for amici curiae New Jersey Press Association, Advance Publications, Inc., The Associated Press, The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, The American Society of Newspaper Editors, and The Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors ( Scarinci Hollenbeck , attorneys; Mr. Cafferty, Nomi I. Lowy and Lauren James-Weir , Newark, on the brief).

Michael Patrick Carroll , Morristown, submitted a letter in lieu of brief on behalf of the respondents Neighborhood Research Corp., d/b/a Mountaintop Media, Richard K. Shaftan , a/k/a Rick Shaftan , and CareyAnn Shaftan .

Justice ALBIN delivered the opinion of the Court.

The primary issue in this case is whether criminal-conviction information, truthfully reported in campaign flyers, is civilly actionable when the conviction is the subject of an expungement order. The secondary issue is whether the "facts" contained in the flyers are sufficiently accurate to merit protection against claims for defamation and related privacy torts.


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