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Court rules Mayor likely to win judgment in Defamation Lawsuit vs Leader Herald

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Writs of Attachment issued of $850K on Philbin’s Everett property and Resnek’s Lynn home


By James Mitchell


In a notice from the Clerk of the Middlesex Superior Court of Woburn, Mass., dated August 11, 2023, with respect to the ongoing defamation lawsuit filed by Mayor Carlo DeMaria, Jr. against the Everett Leader Herald newspaper, Matthew Philbin, Joshua Resnek, Andrew Philbin, Sr., Sergio Cornelio and Dorchester Publications, LLC, the mayor’s attorneys of Saul Ewing, LLP were notified of an order to attach the real estate for a preliminary injunction against defendants Matthew Philbin and Joshua Resnek.

Following a June 26, 2023, hearing when counsel for both the mayor and the defendants were present, the court ruled that Mayor DeMaria “has demonstrated a likelihood that he will recover judgment, including interest and costs, in an amount equal to or greater than the amount of the attachment over and above any liability insurance shown by Defendants to be available to satisfy the judgment. The Court therefore approves real estate attachments in the amount of $850,000.”

According to the notice, Writs of Attachments in the amount of $850,000 will be issued against Philbin’s property at 67 Chelsea St., Everett, and Joshua Resnek’s home located at 229 Ocean St., Lynn.

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