Appeal from judgment of Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County, No. 69-1614, in case of Michael J. Badami v. Irving Dimson, Harry Feldman, David Berg, Joseph N. Gorson, F. Marshall Gorson, Harry G. Glazer, et al.
George J. O'Neill, for appellant.
Raymond M. Seidel, with him Walton Coates, and High, Swartz, Roberts & Seidel, for appellees.
Wright, P. J., Watkins, Jacobs, Hoffman, Spaulding, Cercone, and Spaeth, JJ. Opinion by Watkins, J.
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This is an appeal from a summary judgment entered in favor of the defendant-appellees, Ben Kramer and
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Chronicle Publishing Co., Inc., and against Michael J. Badami, the plaintiff-appellant, in a civil action for libel and slander.
The original action brought by the appellant was against a number of defendants including the appellees, seeking damages for malicious prosecution, abuse of process, invasion of privacy, libel and slander. Summary judgment was granted to all defendants on all charges by the court below. This appeal is only from that part of the order entering summary judgment on the allegations of libel and slander.
The alleged defamation resulted from squibbs published in the Mainline Chronicle. The first article appeared on March 21, 1968:
"That Lower Merion constable who collected $289 rent from a Hampton House tenant and who hasn't been seen since, is said to be in Jersey. (Probably so that he can be closer to the race track).
"In order to get the appointment as constable, he paid $700 to Jim McConnon -- for the ...