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Anderson Zurmuehlen petitions to dismiss libel suit

By Steve Fetveit, Anchor, sfetveit@keci.com
Published On: May 23 2014 03:56:29 PM MDT
Updated On: May 23 2014 06:31:48 PM MDT
VALERIE STAMEY AT COMMISSIONER MEETING

The accounting firm looking into the dealings of Ravalli County's treasurer's office is asking a district court to dismiss a libel suit by suspended Treasurer Valarie Stamey.

In February, Stamey filed suit, accusing Anderson Zurmuehlen and accountant James Woy of making libelous statements in an interim report to the Ravalli County attorney.

The report claimed the "duties of the Ravalli County Treasurer were not properly executed" and "the office was in disarray."

Stamey claimed that statement exposed her to contempt and ridicule.

The defendants argue that the statements were not defamatory, Stamey admitted the truth of the statement, the statement was not directed specifically at Stamey and the interim report was privileged.

Click here to read the Motion for Summary Judgment and supporting documents.