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Sep 21, 2010 7:04 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Court dismisses Konrad's claims of defamation

Sep 21, 2010 7:04 PM

The State Supreme Court last week dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by Southampton Village resident Evelyn Konrad against fellow village resident William Brown over a letter to the editor published in The Southampton Press late last year.

The suit, filed in Manhattan, revolved around Ms. Konrad’s claims that a letter by Mr. Brown in December 2009 was written “wilfully and maliciously” with the intent to damage her reputation as a lawyer. The court’s decision, dated September 10 and signed by Judge Carol Robinson Edmead, rejected those claims.

Mr. Brown had applied to build a house not far from Ms. Konrad’s home. Ms. Konrad, who has filed multiple lawsuits against the construction of what she considers to be McMansions in her neighborhood, wrote a letter published in The Press in December 2009, naming Mr. Brown as the owner of an “overbuilt lot.” In response, Mr. Brown wrote a letter published the following week in which he said Ms. Konrad had made false statements and that she “seems to like suing people.”

The court’s decision stated that the letter “fell within long-running public debates in Southampton that included debate over Ms. Konrad’s litigious approach, which she herself touted.”

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hooray! another blowhard has been deflated......till next time.
By uncleronk (136), southold on Sep 27, 10 11:26 AM
except we had to foot the bill...
By littleplains (305), olde england on Sep 27, 10 10:26 PM
konrad is batting 100%. she has run into the brick wall of reality with everyone of her frivolous cases. can someone please move to have her license taken away? was pretty sure this was impossible, but she makes lawyers look bad. being argumentative doesn't make one a good litigator.
By justduckey (58), artist colony on Sep 27, 10 12:06 PM
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By joe hampton (3231), south hampton on Sep 27, 10 12:09 PM
Well I guess she will never have the biggest house on the block again.
By joe hampton (3231), south hampton on Sep 27, 10 12:10 PM
AFP - Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson said Monday that Virgin Galactic is on track to offer commercial space travel within 18 months, and that space hotels are next on the drawing board - Maybe miss K can block these hotels as well (Nimss) Not in my solor system.
By 27dan (2527), south hampton on Sep 27, 10 12:31 PM
the world is full of Nutballs
By joe hampton (3231), south hampton on Sep 27, 10 12:11 PM
is that better Mr sensor
Sep 27, 10 12:11 PM appended by joe hampton
So, Comrade, tell me: why did you censor my post calling a nutball a nutball is to harsh....Please!
By joe hampton (3231), south hampton on Sep 27, 10 12:11 PM
I guess the editor prefers blowhard to Nut ball Joe. At least leaving your garage door open all day so everyone can see you have a Mercedes is still allowed. What can you do some folk like being a big fish in a small pond.It is kind of sad actually.
By 27dan (2527), south hampton on Sep 27, 10 12:22 PM
Some lawyer! Why isnt she trying to change the zoning instead of legally harassing individuals building as of right under current guidelines. She totally lacks any real grasp of the law and is using her credentials to harass individuals she doesnt like.
As much as I would like to see her tarred and feathered, as a law abiding citizen I will settle for disbarment.
By smacw (239), New York on Sep 27, 10 2:36 PM
What do you get when you take the "A" & "W" out of "LAWYER" ?


By Bilge Water (131), East Hampton on Sep 27, 10 6:40 PM
The offense of frequently exciting and stirring up lawsuits and quarrels is legally termed "barratry''. Something a lawyer should be aware of.
By loading... (549), WHB on Sep 27, 10 7:28 PM
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By They call me (2524), Delta Quadrant on Sep 27, 10 7:50 PM
Well, at least this worked out better for the people, than the litigation via the lady who chugged a fresh cup of McD's coffee like a pledge, and his/her first beer...
By Mr. Z (10715), North Sea on Sep 27, 10 7:52 PM
You all had better watch out. Miss Konrad is going to FOIL the editor to release your names and name you in a class action suit for slander.
By Draggerman (840), Southampton on Sep 27, 10 8:40 PM
C'mon Delta Quadrant, you had to know that would NOT last.

Had to laugh, though...
By Mr. Z (10715), North Sea on Sep 27, 10 8:55 PM
But it WAS funny.
By Draggerman (840), Southampton on Sep 27, 10 9:35 PM
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By Mr. Z (10715), North Sea on Sep 28, 10 11:24 PM
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By They call me (2524), Delta Quadrant on Sep 28, 10 12:05 AM
It seems futile to set you straight, because you still insist that my "long term war"
has been against McMansions. It's true that I don't like huge houses on small
lots, and today, with greater awareness of the damage to the environment from
huge footprints (and added air conditioning, heating, sewage), the taste in our
country has changed drastically, the the Thorsten Veblein competition for
conspicuous consumption is out of favor. Of course, the Southampton Village administration ...more
By ek616367 (14), Southampton on Sep 28, 10 6:40 AM

I'd be on the same page against excess, and "de pecuniae" segregation myself.

HOWEVER, stop with the frivolity when someone simply has an opinion of your character. Stop wasting time (the court's, yours, and ours) on how people perceive you, or comment about you in "Mouthampton". It's not worth it.

Expend that energy toward the fight against excess instead...
By Mr. Z (10715), North Sea on Sep 28, 10 1:57 PM
Thats right Evelyn ! Maybe somday I will buy a house in your block and I will be proud to be yor nieghbor keep up the hard work. And thank you .
By local 84 (333), riverhead on Sep 28, 10 4:20 PM
Ms. K.,

Although you feel you are waging a righteous war, I have been in ARB meetings and seen what is going on behind your back. Lets leave it at that.

The ARB has no jurisdiction over the Rosko Farms covenenance. Maybe you should get together with your neighbors to form a homeowners board of Governors.

As for Paul Robinson, has it crossed your mind that the boards had no reason to say no? If his sub division meets all criteria, they have to pass it, no matter how ...more
By Draggerman (840), Southampton on Sep 28, 10 8:31 PM
hey ek, put the pen down, stop typing. its over. nobody's taste for anything is changing anywhere. annoying attorneys are a dime a dozen. when my grandfather was in westhampton care home, they told me that it is a common trait of the elderly to cling onto an idea and not let it go, no matter what. its actually common. think about your legacy, do you really want to become the local punchline to a poorly written gag?
By justduckey (58), artist colony on Sep 28, 10 7:13 AM
Don't tell us what is in or out of favor. It still makes me laugh that your house is by far the biggest of the original development. The homes you protest to are Very tastefully done. The real issue is taxes. Your neighbors have personally told me that these homes raise the property taxes. They same people that are for taxing the rich resent they have become rich. What a riot. as for you I suspect its about getting attention. In any event you lose know go bake some cookies.
By joe hampton (3231), south hampton on Sep 28, 10 8:54 AM
There is too much development in southampton. Greed threatens our very way of life. Thanks to all who are fighting against this scourge.
By deKooning (88), southampton on Sep 28, 10 9:54 AM
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dats correct we need mo affordable hosing in south hampton not these big azz plantations
By local 84 (333), riverhead on Sep 28, 10 4:16 PM
Ms. Konrad's actions have required that our village spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to defend her self-directed law suits. She has not won a single suit though that has never been mentioned in the self-promoting stories that she obviously prefers be written about her in the newspapers. Bravo to Mr. Brown for telling it like it is and to Judge Carol Edmead for having the spine to rule against one of her own. Brown should be given a Proclamation by the Mayor and Judge Edmead the Keys ...more
By Dodger (156), Southampton Village on Sep 28, 10 11:22 PM
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