Burch v. Hagele, E.D.B.C. 14-02200

Nicholas Lazzarini prevails on a Motion for Summary Judgment for his client, Dr. Lauranell Burch, in an adversary action commenced under 11 U.S.C. 523(a)(6). Dr. Burch had obtained a judgment for defamation against Debtor in North Carolina State Court. Agreeing with Mr. Lazzarini's motion, the Court found North Carolina principals of collateral estoppel applied and the defamation constituted a willful and malicious action against Dr. Burch. Judgment was entered in the amount of $412,667.57 plus interest.