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Case Law Update: Sovereign Immunity In Defamation Cases

Cortright v. Doyle, No. 1-07-1339 (11/18/08) affirmed that the trial court correctly held that plaintiff’s allegations against her supervisors for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and tortious interference with economic expectancy by virtue of their unfair and humiliating criticism of plaintiff’s work performance, setting unreasonable deadlines, and unfair discipline, are really allegations against the State and are barred by sovereign immunity. The alleged activities are all within the normal and official functions of supervisors as State employees. This decision will have an affect on personal injury cases.