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Judge grants summary judgment against Gill in defamation suit

By DOUG ALDEN
New Hampshire Union Leader

September 14. 2017 10:35PM
Michael Gill testifies in June in Hillsborough County Superior Court. (DOUG ALDEN/STAFF)



CONCORD — Another judge has ruled against Michael Gill in a defamation lawsuit filed against him over accusatory messages Gill has been posting on electronic signs outside his business.

Superior Court Judge Brian Tucker granted a motion seeking summary judgment against Gill in the lawsuit filed by three business leaders Gill has accused of drug dealing and corruption on signs at offices of the Mortgage Specialists Inc.

“The plaintiffs contend correctly — the defendants do not say otherwise — that the statements plainly impute criminal conduct to them,” Tucker wrote in the eight-page ruling issued on Sept. 1.

By finding the statements to be defamatory, Tucker sends the case to trial with only damages to be decided.

Tucker noted Gill has presented no material evidence supporting any truth to the statements, which the judge agreed were defamatory toward developer Dick Anagnost, auto dealer Andy Crews and banker William Greiner, all of whom filed the suit in spring of 2016 and have faced a lengthy court battle with Gill ever since.

Tucker issued a similar ruling in April, allowing Crews, Anagnost and Greiner to obtain a $12 million lien against property owned by Gill, based on “a reasonable likelihood” that the statements he’s made met the defamation standard.

In his recent order, Tucker ruled that Gill is liable for damages “because the undisputed factual record establishes the defendant failed to exercise reasonable care in publishing without valid privilege a false and defamatory statement of fact’ about each plaintiff.”

“The judge was pretty clear. It’s been all talk for Michael Gill and not a shred of evidence ever produced,” Greiner said Thursday. “It got to the point where the only choice was to give us summary judgment.”

In a civil suit, summary judgment is granted to the party seeking it when no material facts in the case are in dispute.

Tucker is considering whether to decide the case from the bench or to allow a jury trial, scheduled to begin on Sept. 25 in Merrimack County Superior Court.

The lawsuit against Gill seeks $20 million in damages.

“We’ve never been in this for the money. It’s to have this thing stopped, and I think we’re getting close,” Greiner said.

Gill has maintained he has evidence supporting the claims against Crews, Anagnost and Greiner, as well as other prominent figures he has accused of criminal activity on the signs and his “State of Corruption” social media accounts.

Gill accused Tucker of being “part of the corruption,” a label he has placed on other judges that have ruled against him in separate pending litigation.

“Let’s go to a trial,” Gill said Thursday. “I’ll put it all on video. You do your worst and I’ll do my worst.”

Gill appeared before Tucker on Monday in Merrimack County Superior Court for a trial management conference.

Once the hearing was over, court officers placed Gill in handcuffs on a contempt charge from another case. Gill posted video of his arrest on the State of Corruption Facebook page, vowing to send it and other material he claims validate his case to President Donald Trump.

Gill said in June during a hearing on another matter that he had gone to Washington, D.C., to enlist federal agencies in his investigation.

That hearing concerned the bylaws of the commercial condominium in Manchester where Mortgage Specialists’ owns a unit and has the electronic signs prominently displayed on South Willow Street. Judge Amy Messer ruled against Gill in that case, stating the condominium’s bylaws clearly limit words and images on signs at the complex to business-related matters.

dalden@unionleader.com


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