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Child Support Reporting Case: Avery v. Greenham, et al

Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2005 2:02 pm
by David A. Szwak
William K. Avery vs. John Greenham and Hennepin County,
Filed August 10, 1999 - UNPUBLISHED OPINION

Respondent William Avery is a child support obligor. Appellants Hennepin County and John Greenham reported to the State of Minnesota that Avery was more than $22,000 past due in child support payments. Avery sued appellants, claiming that the report was incorrect, defamatory, and damaged his credit rating. Avery alleged a violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, defamation, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress (IIED). The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of appellants on the defamation and Fair Credit Reporting Act claims. But the court denied summary judgment as to the claims of negligence and IIED. Appellants challenge this denial of summary judgment. We reverse the trial court as to the negligence and IIED claims, and order summary judgment to be entered in favor of appellants.