Statements made by litigants and their attorneys in
judicial proceedings cannot form the basis for a defamation
action because they are protected by an absolute privilege. But what if an
attorney, desirous of increased media exposure, takes copies of what might
otherwise be considered slanderous statements...
Virginia courts have long held that statements made in
connection with judicial proceedings are entitled to absolute protection from defamation
liability. To encourage truthfulness in litigation, Virginia public policy has
extended an absolute privilege to statements made in a party's pleadings...