Petyan v. Ellis

In Petyan v. Ellis, 200 Conn. 243, 510 A.2d 1337 (1986), the plaintiff filed an action against the defendant, a family practice physician, alleging libel and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Petyan v. Ellis, supra, 200 Conn. 243. The plaintiff had applied for unemployment compensation and, as part of that process, the defendant, her former employer, had filled out a "fact-finding supplement" form provided by the state department of labor on which the defendant stated that the reasons for releasing the plaintiff were "unsatisfactory performance and, mainly for fraud and lying . . . ." Id., 245. The trial court directed a verdict for the defendant, and the plaintiff appealed. Id., 243-44. Our Supreme Court affirmed the decision, holding that because the alleged defamatory statement was made in the course of a judicial proceeding, the trial court had acted appropriately in determining that the defendant had an absolute privilege to publish it and, therefore, the plaintiff could not recover for the alleged libel and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Id., 250-54.