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Ill. Judges reject ex-NFL star’s bid to identify alleged defamers

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By Celeste Bott (April 21, 2022, 12:17 p.m. EDT) — The Illinois Superior Court ruled Thursday that former Chicago Bears player Richard Dent cannot use preliminary discovery to learn the identities of employees of an Exelon subsidiary who allegedly defamed him, claiming their statements were privileged because they were made as part of a confidential workplace investigation.

In a 4-2 ruling reversing an appeals court decision that would have paved the way for Dent to uncover his accusers, judges said his insistence that employee statements were false was not enough to overcome qualified immunity, and he would need to show that the privilege was abused. Simply allowing “definitive denial” to overcome…

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