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[10/13] Reenstierna v. Currier
In a defamation action, arising out of defendant's report to the New Hampshire Real Estate Appraisal Board's disciplinary hearing concerning a grievance charge against plaintiff, a real estate appraiser, the district court's grant of summary judgment to defendant is affirmed where defendant's statements in his report are shielded from this suit by New Hampshire's absolute witness immunity doctrine.

[10/12] Trotter v. 7R Holdings LLC
Affirming a district court order dismissing a maritime case involving an injury that took place on a boat registered in the British Virgin Islands for forum non conveniens because the remedies available in the alternative forum were not clearly inadequate, the Jones Act lacked a special venue provision, and the court reasonably balanced the relevant private and public interest factors.

[10/12] Stewart v. St Joseph Health
Issuing a peremptory writ of mandate directing the Superior Court to vacate an order granting summary adjudication of the plaintiff's causes of action for elder abuse, fraudulent concealment, and medical battery and substituting an order denying the motion as to these causes of action because of errors in the determination of duties owed and because issues of material fact existed.

[10/11] Small Justice LLC v. Xcentric Ventures LLC
Affirming the district court's decision to dismiss the plaintiff's claims under Massachusetts law for libel and intentional interference, affirming the grant of summary judgment to the defendant on the remaining claims, and affirming the award of attorney fees and costs to the defense in a case where an attorney was the subject of two negative reports because the law immunized the defense for many of the complaints.

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