Disparagement of property claim properly dismissed: KEITH V. LAUREL COUNTY FISCAL COURT (COA 5/16/2008)

KEITH V. LAUREL COUNTY FISCAL COURT
REAL ESTATE:  Disparagement of property claim
2007-CA-000446
PUBLISHED: AFFIRMING
PANEL:  GRAVES PRESIDING; COMBS, NICKELL CONCUR
LAUREL COUNTY
DATE RENDERED: 5/16/2008

In this appeal a landowner brought an action against the county fiscal court, county’s development authority, and county officials, alleging that he incurred injury when the development authority’s director made false statements about property adjacent to his which discouraged a hospital from locating on the adjacent property. The circuit court dismissed his action, and this appeal ensued.

The Court of Appeals held false statements regarding adjacent property did not provide a basis for disparagement of property claim, and the landowner’s claim was barred by statute of limitations for slander and libel actions.

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