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Judge BerriBitch Dismisses Vilma's Defamation Lawsuit against Roger Goodell

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Judge Berrigan dismisses #Saints LB Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit against Roger Goodell #NFL
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baytiger
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re: Judge BerriBitch Dismisses Vilma's Defamation Lawsuit against Roger Goodell
that was a matter of time after the appeal


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re: Judge BerriBitch Dismisses Vilma's Defamation Lawsuit against Roger Goodell
damn.

Is there a next step for Vilma? I still want to see Goodell damaged in some way.


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Farva
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re: Judge BerriBitch Dismisses Vilma's Defamation Lawsuit against Roger Goodell
Well, that sucks.

I presumed Vilma would ultimately lose based on the difficulty of obtaining such a verdict (especally since Vilma is a public figure)...but I had hoped discovery would go forward. I'm convinced that was Vilma's goal in bringing the suit to begin with.


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Breesus
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re: Judge BerriBitch Dismisses Vilma's Defamation Lawsuit against Roger Goodell
Saw that one coming. He never had a shot at defamation.


BarbeTiger
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re: Judge BerriBitch Dismisses Vilma's Defamation Lawsuit against Roger Goodell
Goodell will use this to say "See I was right!"


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re: Judge BerriBitch Dismisses Vilma's Defamation Lawsuit against Roger Goodell
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TigerHoo
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re: Judge BerriBitch Dismisses Vilma's Defamation Lawsuit against Roger Goodell
Quote from the court's opinion:

"Even though this matter has been pending only since May of this year, it feels as protracted and painful as the Saints season itself, and calls for closure. The Court nonetheless believes that had this matter been handled in a less heavy handed way, with greater fairness toward the players and the pressures they face, this litigation and the related cases would not have been necessary."


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kclsufan
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re: Judge BerriBitch Dismisses Vilma's Defamation Lawsuit against Roger Goodell
While the ruling is disappointing, it's not surprising given the CBA and labor law. However, Vilma doesn't walk away empty-handed here.

By not throwing out the case immediately and by openly stating early on deep concerns she had with how RG handled this matter, Berrigan kept the spectre of discovery and a trial alive. I think this more than anything scared the league and I have to believe it had a role in RG's decision to name Tags as the arbitrator, which ultimately kept Vilma on the field and getting his paychecks.

It also kept this matter in the media and the public eye in a way Goodell probably didn't want. It gave an opportunity for guys like Florio to take a more critical look and expose the league's hypocrisy and dishonesty on the matter.

Vilma can also point to statements Berrigan made that the reason for the dismissal was technical, and that he otherwise had potential claims against RG, namely, that he was defamed. In the end I think some good came of this for Vilma while at the same time roughing up Goodell just a little.


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